Half Moon Pose / Ardha Chandrasana
Ardha means half. Chandra is the moon. The pose resembles the half moon, hence the name.
1. Stand in Tadasana and then do Utthita Trikonasana.
2. After attaining Trikonasana on the right side, exhale and place the right palm about a foot away from the right foot by bending the right knee and at the same time bringing the left foot near the right one.
3. Wait in the position and take two breaths. Then exhale and raise the left leg from the floor, toes pointing up. Stretch the right hand and the right leg.
4. Place the left palm over the left hip and stretch up, keeping the shoulders well up. Turn the chest to the left and balance.
5. The weight of the body is borne on the right foot and hip. The right hand is only a support to control the balance.
6. Hold the pose from 20 to 30 seconds, breathing deeply and evenly. The slide the left leg to the floor and go back to Trikonasana.
7. Repeat the pose on the left side.
This posture is benefitcial for those whose legs are damaged or infected. It tones the lower region of the spine and the nevers connected with the leg muscles and it strengthens the knees. Along with other standing postures, this asana cure gastric troubles.
Note. Those who feel weak and are exhausted by the standing poses should only practise Utthita Trikonasana and Utthita Parsvakonasana, as these two asanas strengthen the body.
The other standing asanas should be done only by people who have built up their strength and whose bodies have become elastic.
Source : Light on Yoga by BKS. Iyengar.