ardha = half; chandra = shining
About the pose:
This is a standing balance posture, which can be done with a block and against a wall to assist in holding the pose . It opens the entire front body and because of the stretch crossing from one side to the other (e.g. right arm to left leg), the spine is conditioned and tension loosens. For a detailed 3D image of the pose, go to http://www.bandhayoga.com/flyarounds.html and scroll down to ‘Ardha Chandrasana’.
Key muscle groups:
Stretches the groin, hamstrings, shoulders, chest and spine. Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, calves, buttocks and spine.
– Helps recovery of leg injuries
– Aids in the relieve of sacro-iliac and sciatic nerve pain
– Improves spatial awareness, coordination and balance
– Improves digestion
Enjoy your practice!