The Sanskrit word Ardha implies half and Chandra implies Moon and thus Ardhachandrasana means The half moon posture. This is a basic stretching and balancing posture. This posture is also one among the sequences of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation).
- Stand in Tadasana (stand erect with heels together) keeping the back erect and arms gently pressed on either sides with palms facing the inward.
- Lift arms over the head, and fold the arms joining the palms. The head should appear in between the arms.
- Inhale and keep the arms straight and the palms pressed lightly.
- Bend the body backwards, gently forming an arch, keeping arms alongside the head and the head should be gently tilted backward. The knees should be kept straight all along. Hold on in that position for few seconds.
- Exhale and gently return to the normal position (Tadasana).
This posture is excellent for the lower back, chest, abdomen and rib cage. It relaxes, strengthens and makes the waist more flexible and helps in overall balance of the body.