Revolved Half Moon Pose

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Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana

In Sanskrit, “parivritta” means revolving or turning, “ardha” means half, “Chandra” means Moon and “asana” means the yoga pose.


How to: Revolved Half Moon Pose

Begin with Trikonasana or Triangle Pose. Make your right knee soft and move your right hind to your hip.

Rest your left hand flat on the ground so that it’s nearly a foot ahead of your right foot. Now start straightening your right leg as your raise your left leg. Lift the left leg till it becomes parallel and aligned with the ground below.

Now turn your torso in the right direction as you bring your right arm towards the ceiling. Look and focus at your right hand’s fingertips.

Make sure both buttocks are squared towards the ground below. Stay in this pose from 30 to 60 seconds. Exit on exhalation and returning to the original position. You may now repeat the procedure for the alternative leg.


Benefits of Revolved Half Moon Pose

The Revolved Half Moon Pose has the following list of benefits which can be reaped if you practice it on daily basis:

  • Provides strength to ankles and thighs.
  • Improves sense of balance and overall stability.
  • Cleanses and purifies the inner organs.
  • Calms the mind by relieving from tension, depression and anxiety.

For newcomers to yoga, the Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana may be a complex and difficult yoga pose in the initial stage, but it gives them the experience of the required balance for more advanced yoga. If you are new to yoga and having trouble executing this pose, you may consider the following tip: place a yoga block beneath your left hand for support, or do the pose adjacent to a wall on which you can support your raised left leg.

For advanced yoga students, the Revolved Half Moon Pose is quite beneficial in providing strength to various body parts and organs involved. You may deepen the pose by twisting as much as possible for the longest possible duration. Remember to breathe deeply and slowly during the entire pose to increase its effectiveness.

Avoid this yoga pose or consult your yoga teacher in case you suffer from the following conditions:

  • Serious knee or ankle injury
  • Thigh or hip injury

Feel the calmness of Moon around your body as you practice the Revolved Half Moon Pose.