Revolved Half Moon Pose - Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana
About Revolved Half Moon Pose
The revolved half moon pose is classified as an advanced level, standing asana. This demanding pose gives the lower back, hamstrings, pelvis and abdominal core a solid workout by stretching and strengthening these areas of the body. Beginners should only attempt this pose once they have comfortably mastered the basic level and intermediate level yoga poses. A yoga pose as demanding as the revolved half moon pose should be preceded by a few warm-up preparatory poses to prevent muscle injuries or strains. Practice the triangle pose, reclining hand-to-big-toe pose, side angle pose, revolved triangle pose and the intense side stretch pose to warm up your muscles.
Step By Step Instructions
Follow these guidelines to perform the revolved half moon pose sequence!
- Position yourself in the triangle pose on the yoga mat and place your right hand on your right hip.
- Place the left hand on the mat at a foot’s distance from the right foot.
- As you straighten out the right leg, push the left leg off the floor and raise it till the point where it is held parallel to the floor.
- Twist your upper body towards the right side as you extend your arm up towards the ceiling. Turn your face to look up at your outstretched right hand.
- Make sure that your hips are squared towards the floor and only your torso is twisted towards the right.
- Maintain the revolved half moon pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute at least.
Practicing the revolved half moon pose regularly will yield the following health benefits!
- Stretches and strengthens the ankles, legs and thighs.
- Stretches the arm muscles and back muscles.
- Enhances the body’s core sense of balance.
- Acts as an effective organ cleanser.
Things to Remember!
Individuals with injuries or chronic pain in their legs, back and neck should only attempt the revolved half moon pose under the supervision of a qualified yoga teacher.