Revolved Half Moon

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

Level: Intermediate

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Instructions

1. From High Lunge with the right foot forward, inhale and step forward into the right foot, straightening the right leg. Straighten the left leg up parallel to the floor.

2. Staring at a point on the floor, slowly inhale and lift the left hand up to the left hip. Roll the left hip up towards the ceiling, turning the hips towards the side wall.

3. Slowly inhale the reach the left hand up towards the ceiling.

4. Slowly turn and look at the side wall, staring a one point.

5. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

6. To release: slowly bring the left hand back to the floor. Step the left foot back into a lunge.

7. Repeat on the other side.

Benefits + Contraindications

Benefits: Revolved Half Moon improves balance, memory, concentration. This posture builds lower body strength and stretches the upper back and shoulders.

Contraindications: Recent or chronic injury to the legs, hips, shoulders or back.

Modifications + Variations

Modifications: A) Use a yoga brick under the hand. B) Practice against a wall, leaning the back, head and legs against the wall for support.

Variations: Have the lower hand 1-2 inches above the floor balancing completely on the standing leg.

Vinyasa

Use one or more of the following postures to build a sequence leading up to this pose: High Lunge, Triangle, Extended Side Angle, Warrior III.
Use one or more of the following postures to build a sequence ending after this pose: Standing Splits, Standing Forward Fold, High Lunge, Mountain. [/am4show]

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