Updated: Jul 11, 2020
By Allison Ray Jeraci
Photo by Andrea Killam
Nothing lights up the yoga room like students shining in half moon pose, or ardha chandrasana. As our limbs reach out in all directions, it’s as if we’re floating, suspended in space like the moon in the night sky.
The brilliance of this pose derives from the enhanced proprioception it provides, which is a deeper understanding of where the body is in space. In this article, I'll show you two ways to practice ardha chandrasana with a strap, both of which come from the Iyengar method. These variations are designed to help you to feel your limbs emanating from the steadiness of your hips. This allows you to feel more grounded in the pose while maintaining a feeling of spaciousness.
Along with your strap, you'll need two blocks for these variations.