Yoga Pose of the Day: Half Moon Pose
Begin by standing tall with your feet together (Mountain Pose), and then step forward into a wide stance, leading with the right foot. Perform Extended Triangle Pose to the right, with your left hand on your left hip. Inhale as you bend your right knee, 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 left leg back and 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 five to seven breaths. To release, lower your raised leg to the floor with an exhalation (returning to Extended Triangle), and then step back into Mountain Pose. Repeat the posture on your left for the same length of time. ra’yoKa variation: to increase stamina and focus, simply return to standing Mountain Pose up to ten times, remembering to breathe and use your hand as little as possible.