Half Moon Pose is a great way to strengthen the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and spine as well as stretch the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine. As an added benefit, this posture also helps to relieve stress and improve digestion coordination and sense of balance. Practice this pose with these alignment tips featured from The 21 Day Superstar Cleanse and join our next seasonal rejuvenation program to dive deeper.
Begin standing tall with your feet together (Mountain Pose), then step forward into a wide stance, leading with the right foot. Perform Extended Triangle Pose to the right side, with your left hand resting on your left hip. Inhale as you bend your right knee and slide your left foot a few inches forward along the floor, reaching your right hand onto the floor about six inches forward and an inch to the right. On an inhale, while grounding your right foot into the floor, straighten your right leg and lift your back left leg parallel to the floor. Engage energetically through your left heel to keep your leg strong. Rotate your upper torso, opening at the side. For balance, steady your gaze and think "we go down to go up." Stay in this position for 5-7 breaths. To release, lower your raised leg to the floor with an exhalation (returning to Extended Triangle), then step back into Mountain Pose. Repeat the posture on your left for the same length of time.