Balancing Half Moon Pose
The Balancing Half Moon Pose can help hone your physical grace, leaving you looking—and feeling—downright radiant.
Step 1: Stand at mat
Stand at the front of your mat with your feet hip-width apart and your weight evenly distributed between them, your spine erect, and your arms at your sides.
Step 2: Straddle position
Move your feet out into a straddle position, about three to four feet apart, while reaching your arms out to the sides parallel to the ground.
Step 3: Turn feet
Turn your left foot slightly inward, and your right foot out to the right.
Step 4: Shift weight
Shift your weight onto your right foot, lifting your left foot straight out and up to the left while balancing on your right leg.
Step 5: Lower right arm
Slowly lower your right hand toward the floor or the block so that you’re balancing on your right foot and hand, keeping your left arm extended so it’s reaching straight up.
Step 6: Align body
Lift your left hip over your right hip, so your hips and chest face forward. Your left hand should be aligned over your left shoulder, which should be aligned over your right shoulder.
If you have trouble keeping your hips and shoulders aligned and your back straight, try practicing this pose with your back against a wall.
Step 7: Look up
If you are stable, look up toward your hand in the air. If you aren’t, look to the side or floor instead.