Ardha Chandrasana (are-dah chan-DRAHS-anna), also known as Half Moon pose, and further translated,
ardha = half
chandra = glittering, shining, having the brilliancy or hue of light (said of the gods); usually translated as “moon” (Yoga Journal)
It is a challenging pose, yet Upper School students request it time and time again! The posture is one that tests your balance and stability –your focused gaze point to aid in balancing - but also calls for strength in the foot, ankle, and standing leg. When “in” the pose, it requires students to practice focus, endurance, and grace. Even if the pose is only captured for one breath before falling out of it, students smile and say, “This feels so good!” It provides a physical opening through the hips, abdomen, heart and side-body, as well as an intrinsic embodiment of the pose. The pose provides feelings that accompany trying something challenging and meeting it with success. And it provides feelings of strength from within.