Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana: Revolved Half Moon

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Parivrtta ardha chandrasana (PAHR-ee-VREE-tah ARD-uh chan-DRAHS-uh-nuh) requires balance, focus, strength, and flexibility. Maintaining the posture requires balancing energy in the legs and arms, the upper body and the lower. Revolved half moon pose evokes the cooling, rejuvenating qualities of the moon.

Philosophy + Origin

The state of the moon can influence an individual’s state of being. On full moon days, for example, you might feel headstrong and overly ambitious. New moon days can leave you feeling unmotivated. These extremes balance out as the moon makes its way from new to full. Revolved half moon pose asks practitioners to find balance by equally using the arms, legs, upper body, and lower body. When found, this physical equanimity brings mental balance, which can lead to discovering the “sweet spot” in all aspects of life.

ADJUSTMENTS/MODIFICATIONS:

  • Place a block under your bottom hand to bring the ground closer to you.
  • Press the sole of your raised foot firmly against a wall for support and to engage the leg muscles.
  • Hover your lower hand off the floor, bringing elbow to your knee or hand to your heart.
  • Keep your gaze to the side or downward to release your neck.

STEP-BY-STEP:

  1. Begin in a lunge with your right foot forward. Shift your weight into your right foot and press into grounded airplane with hands on the floor or blocks, right under your shoulders.
  2. Lengthen through the crown of your head and reach through your lifted heel.
  3. Place your left hand under your chest and place your right hand to your right hip. Draw your right hip back in space.
  4. Turn your chest to the right.
  5. Extend your right arm to the sky.
  6. Option to turn your gaze to your lifted arm.
  7. Hold for up to 10 breaths. Release to a forward fold for a few breaths then step back to lunge and repeat on the other side.

PREPARATORY POSES:

  • Half moon | Ardha chandrasana
  • Standing split | Eka pada ardha uttanasana
  • Revolved triangle | Parivrtta trikonasana

SEQUENTIAL POSES:

  • Revolved dancer pose | Parivrtta hasta padangusthasana
  • Revolved sugarcane pose | Parivrtta ardha chandra chapasana

COUNTER POSES:

SANSKRIT:

  • Parivrtta = revloving
  • Ardha = half
  • Chandra = moon
  • Asana = pose

PHYSICAL BENEFITS:

  • Strengthens standing leg.
  • Improves core strength and balance.
  • Opens shoulders, hips, and pelvis.

ENERGETIC BENEFITS:

  • Revitalizes the mind.
  • Balances energy.
  • Improves focus and mental clarity.


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Utthita Trikonasana: Triangle Pose

ADJUSTMENTS    |     BENEFITS    |     SEQUENCING    |     SANSKRIT    |     STEPS

A classic standing posture in many yoga lineages utthita trikonasana (oo-TEE-tah trik-cone-AHS-uh-nah), strengthens and stretches the entire body. Approaching the pose with knowledge of intelligent modifications will help you enjoy the posture and all it has to offer.

Philosophy + Origin

In hatha yoga, where the intent is to unite opposing forces – sun with moon, masculine with feminine, light with dark – this pose offers an opportunity to embody this philosophy when you focus on finding stability while you expand. When you look at the physical shape of the posture, you also see the triangles being formed. And, when you look a little closer, you find several triangles hidden in the shape of the body – the two legs with the floor, floating under the side body, and between the front foot and the front hand.

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