Just like on the outside, it’s easy to focus on the heaviness of your body and forget about the lightness of the energy within it. Ardha chandrasana, or half moon, is a great pose to get in touch with all aspects of being. As you ground into the earth on your standing foot, notice how prana flows into parts of your body you may have been ignoring. If you struggle to extend your leg, notice the way your ujjayi breath makes it effortless. As you hold this pose, you are working with gravity, yet you can enjoy a lightness in your body and the full experience of living.
Hip alignment for long-term health
The correct positioning for the hips is for the bottom hip to point straight ahead and directly to the earth. The top hip will rise at a natural diagonal relative to the base hip, but don’t force it to face the side (this not a natural direction for your hip and will cause long-term wear and tear on the joint). Focus on turning your chest, not your hips, for an energizing twist. This will allow you to find greater connection to how your body is meant to move in ardha chandrasana and in life.
Ardha chandrasana from the ground up
Stand just far enough from a wall so your fingertips just barely touch. Keep your left arm on the side of your left thigh and pivot forward, bending your elbow and placing your palm flat on the wall. Turn your chest to the side, keeping your hips in alignment.
Stand so your right hip and shoulder touch the wall. Keep these points connected to the wall as you pivot at your hips until your arm reaches the floor and your leg is at 90 degrees relative to the base leg.
If you cannot bring your hand to the ground, just hold a block in your front hand and place it on the ground as you pivot forward. Keep your palm flat and fingers extended while rebounding on the block, don’t grip.