Half-Moon Pose with Hands-to-Feet Pose: Ardha Chandrasana with Pada Hastasana (NOTE: These are 2 poses.)

Purposes and Benefits:

    • Provides quick energy and vitality for your practice session
    • Corrects any issues with posture or with lower-back pain
    • Strengthens thighs, calves, and all of body’s central muscles
    • Exercises circulatory, glandular, pancreatic, muscular, respiratory, renal, and skeletal systems
    • Improves bowel activity by toning abdominal organs and spinal nerves
    • Firms and trims abdomen, buttocks, hips, and waistline
    • Lessens anxiety and mental stress
    • Increases spinal flexibility

How to Do:

More detailed instructions & video here

  • Lock arms and fully engage arm muscles
  • Straighten body towards ceiling
  • While bending backwards, evenly distribute this bend over all of your spine
  • During Hands-to-Feet pose, glue body to legs and move elbows as close to each other as possible behind calf muscles
  • Lift hips up towards ceiling while moving face increasingly further down your shins