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Ardha Chandrasana
(Half Moon Pose)

How to perform Half Moon Pose

Get rooted through your left foot, point your toes and kneecap forward. Then, place your left hand on the floor or a block in front of you as you stretch your other right leg back in line with your straight back. You can use the wall for support if you lack the balance. If possible, lift your right arm up.

About Ardha Chandrasana

Half moon pose. A graceful standing posture where the body is balanced on one leg, with the support of a hand to the floor. The body resembles the shape of a crescent moon. The backs of the legs are opened, and the paraspinal muscles extend and are strengthened. This asana enhances focus and concentration, as well as improving balance.

When to use Ardha Chandrasana?

As with all standing poses, this pose builds stability and groundedness. It is a good all-rounder to include in a standing poses sequence.

Useful during menstruation or pregnancy, Ardha Chandrasana can be taken with the support of the horse or the wall. This modification allows the practitioner to benefit from the hip opening, the pelvic opening, and improved circulation and space in the abdominal region with less effort and energy needed to maintain the pose and its balance.

As a weight-bearing pose, Ardha Chandrasana is also useful in maintaining bone density and in cultivating balance.

Video sequences that include this pose