Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana

What is Half Moon Pose?

Half moon pose, or ardha chandrasana, is both a standing and balancing posture. With one foot rooted firmly to the ground, the other lifts toward the sky. The hands do the same; one hand rests on the ground while the other lifts toward the sky. The pose develops focus and concentration.


  • Begin in warrior two pose with the right leg forward.
  • Exhale and place your right hand's fingertips on the ground in front of your right foot.
  • Inhale and lift your left leg toward the sky. Then lift your left hand toward the sky.
  • Breathe normally while balancing in the pose.


  • Avoid if you have low blood pressure.

Benefits of Half Moon Pose

  • Strengthens the legs and core
  • Develops focus and concentration
  • Improves body awareness

Half Moon Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Ardha Chandrasana
Pronunciation: ard-ha chahn-DRAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type: Balancing, Standing Poses

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