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Half Moon

SKILL LEVEL
  • Advanced
CATEGORY
BENEFITS
  • Improves balance.
  • Strengthens the feet, ankles, knees, hips, glutes, abs and back.
  • Stretches the ankles, calves, hamstrings, groin, chest and neck.
  • Externally rotates the hips.
  • Improves focus and concentration.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Set-Up

    Come into Warrior 2.

  • Action

    Bring your right fingertips to the mat just outside your front foot. Straighten your right leg and lift your left leg up to hip height. Reach your left hand up to the sky and look down at the mat or straight ahead.

  • Refinements

    Flex your back foot. And look up to your fingertips for more of a challenge.

  • Props

    You can bring your right hand to a block to allow you to straighten your standing leg.

  • Duration

    Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths on each side.

  • To Release

    Take a deep breath in. Exhale, carefully step back to  Warrior 2 for the other side.

ADVANCED VARIATION: Candy Cane
  • Bend your left knee and take hold of your foot with your left hand. As you press the top of your foot into your palm, open up you chest and try to look up to the sky.
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Avoid Balancing Half Moon if you have an ankle or hip injury.
MASTER BALANCING HALF MOON

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