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This Month's fun pose is a balancing pose. We love half moon pose (or Ardha Chandrasana), but have you ever bound your half moon? No? Try it! It’s fun… and wobbly. So here’s the deal on bound half moon: Benefits: strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, booty, spine improves coordination, focus and balance helps relieve stress improves digestion increases circulation
You can get into this pose a couple ways. We think the natural (and more challenging way) is starting from half moon. We like to get into half moon by transitioning from warrior II . That way, your hips are already open and your front foot is already firmly rooted on the ground. You can use some momentum and push into your front foot and make your way into your half moon.
From half moon: Once you are stable in half moon, you can slowly start to bend the knee (of the lifted leg) and reach for the top of your foot or ankle. Keeping the hips stacked, slowly begin to open up; opening the hips and chest. Once you are there, play with your gaze… maybe up? :) From a forward fold: If you are dying to get right into it, there a less challenging/less balance compromising option . You can start with your hips square, facing the top of your mat, come into a gentle forward flow, ground down into your right foot, as you bend the knee of your left leg and reach for your foot/ankle with the left hand. From here, start to open up, stacking the hips (which should now be open): HAVE FUN!!
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