Ardha Chandra Chapasana
Definition - What does Ardha Chandra Chapasana mean?
Ardha chandra chapasana is an intermediate to advanced balancing asana that is an extension of ardha chandrasana. The name is derived from the Sanskrit, ardha, meaning "half," Chandra, meaning “moon," chapa, meaning “bow," and asana, meaning "pose."
To enter this pose, it is easiest to begin in ardha chandrasana, half moon pose. With an exhale bend the knee of the extended leg and grasp the foot with the top hand. Inhale to expand the chest, opening the heart center. Keeping the hips aligned bring a back bend into the spine and take the drishti (gaze) to the sky. Breath for three to six breaths then release the foot and leg back to the ground. Repeat on the opposite side.
Ardha chandra chapasana is commonly referred to as sugarcane pose in English.
Yogapedia explains Ardha Chandra Chapasana
Ardha chandra chapasana activates the manipura (solar plexus) chakra which is responsible for self-esteem, self-worth, identity and life purpose.
Preparatory poses for this asana include downward-facing dog pose, half moon pose and bound side angle pose.
The benefits to this asana include:
- Activates the manipura chakra
- Increases self-esteem and self-worth
- Promotes a sense of inner freedom
- Improve balance and mental focus
- Opens the chest
- Tones the legs and back of the body
- Improves digestion
- Helps regulate metabolism
- Stretches and strengthens the legs, spine, arms and core