Crescent moon pose
The crescent moon pose is a basic to intermediate pose and can be practiced by beginners. It is also called the reverse warrior pose.
You can start this pose from the mountain pose or directly from the downward facing dog pose.
Stand in the mountain pose, exhale and bend forward. Place both the palms directly under your shoulders and right next to your feet. Relax before proceeding to the next step.
Crescent Moon Pose Yoga
Move your left foot backwards, away from the rest of the body. Your left knee should not be bent. But this will automatically cause your right knee to bend. Open your left foot outwards in such a way that both your heels are perpendicular to each other.
Lift your upper body off the floor and face it in the direction of the open foot, towards the front. Bring your left hand on your left knee and let it rest on it, while your right hand should be stretched over your head. Bend your body towards its left (in the same direction as the stretched leg). Stretch your torso to the side as much as possible.
Turn your head sideways and upwards. Look up at the ceiling.
Remain in this position for at least 30 seconds and repeat the same with the other leg.
You can also perform the crescent pose from a kneeling position or the downward facing dog. You can also change the position of your arms by opening them into a ‘V’ as if you are embracing the universe around you.
Benefits of the crescent moon pose
- This pose increases the flexibility of the spine
- Strengthens the spinal muscles
- Opens the hips, thighs and groins
- Increases concentration
- Brings an awareness of the body
- Enhances balance
As a beginner, when you practice this pose, you can rest the knee of your extended leg on the floor until you gain the required flexibility and balance.