Crescent moon pose is a great asana for beginners as it is accessible to a wide range of physical capabilities and body types.
Variations on this pose include lowering the back knee to a blanket on the floor or keeping the hands on the front thigh instead of reaching overhead.
Benefits of this pose include:
- Opens the heart
- Opens the hips
- Lengthens the sides of the body
- Stretches the hips and quadriceps
- Increases balance
- Warms up the shoulders
Yogis with knee pain may choose to lower the back knee onto either a blanket or mat.