Strengthening and twisting are very important to a dynamic yoga practice. One will use "prep posing" to adjust and move "Helper Muscles" these will be extremely helpful in creating a strong and flexible body that can withstand the kind of physical and mental balance needed to fully express an asymmetrical pose like both Ardha Chandrasana & Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana.
Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) is a great pose for building strength, balance and rotation in the hip sockets.
It's challenging pose partner Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose) also creates hip mobility while strengthening and twisting the chest, torso & legs. Each pose can be modified using simple adjustments and can be worked on daily to enhance alignment in the body.
After sun salutes or seated poses where one has stretched their legs and one can take fully Tri Konasana (Triangle Pose), One can move into either posture.
|Preparation for Ardha Chandrasana |
B.K.S. Iyengar from "Light on Yoga"
Fingertips, or palm for the seasoned practitioner, gently pressing towards the ground, inhale and exhale hold. Make note of any areas of discomfort, make any adjustments and breath.
Pushing greatly through the front heel for the front leg straighten the front leg strongly reaching the heel to the floor lifting rhe back leg and coming into Ardha Chandrasana.
Work leg muscles and release the spine in postures like:
Supta Padangusthasana(Reclining Big Toe Pose) Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)
Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
Matsyendrasana (Fish Pose)
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half King of the Fish Pose) Matsyendrasana 2 (King of the Fish Pose 2)
Janu Sirsana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend)
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
Padmasana, (Lotus Pose & Prep Pose)
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose),
Parivrtta Tri Konasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
|Tadasana - Mountain Pose|