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Pose of the Week: Half Moon

HALF MOON
(ardha chandrasana)

SHAPE PREP
(from mountain back of mat facing left)
Step right foot to middle of mat with big toe facing top of mat.
Bend right knee, place right fingertips a foot in front of right foot, tip of thumb in line with pinky toe. Move right knee out slightly.

SHAPE POSE
Straighten right leg, lift left foot slightly higher than hips.
Point left foot. Lift top arm vertical to floor. Close fingers.
Look down, out, or up.
Stack hips. Stack shoulders.
Be as sideways as possible.
Line up head, back foot with hips.

SAFETY POSE
Tone thighs, tighten kneecaps, firm hamstrings.
Press tailbone in, tone abdomen, move ribs back.

REFINEMENT POSE
Stretch legs. Stretch spine. Stretch arms.

Repeat on the second side.

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