Spiritual Awakening: intermediate yoga poses | day 15

“Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”

 

Half Moon Pose

Sanskrit: Ardha chandrasana

How to do it

 

Start in a Triangle Pose. Bend your front knee, keep it in line with your second toe. Step back foot in and walk front hand about 12 inches forward. Keep it on the floor or place it onto a block.

 

Shift your weight onto your front foot and lift your back foot off the ground. Straighten out the front leg, keeping your front hand on the floor or on a block.

 

Reach your back leg toward the wall behind you, foot flexed. Lift your back arm up toward the sky. Keep your gaze on the hand touching the ground.

 

To come out of the pose, bend the front leg and slowly lower the lifted leg down toward the floor.

 

Pro tip: To challenge your balance while you’re in the pose, gaze up at your top hand.

The benefits

 

This balancing pose strengthens your legs and outer hips. It also stretches your hamstrings and inner thighs, and promotes concentration.

 

Meditation is the art of doing nothing.