March - Sugarcane Pose
A R D H A C H A N D R A C H A P A S A N A
ardha - half chandra - moon or luminous chandrasana - sugarcane asana = posture, pose or seat (all poses end with this)
Focus on the exhalation and grounding down the four corners of the bottom foot for stability. If you are a beginner, or would benefit from more support, you can take a block, or anything about 3-4 inches high to give the torso more be parallel to the ground underneath the bottom hand.
Peak Form: 5 steps to Ardha Chandra Chapasana
- Improves core strength and balance
- Stretches quadriceps and hamstrings
- Opens hips
- Lengthens the spine with a gentle twist
- Aids in focus and stability
- Strengthens back
- Keep a microbend in the bottom leg so as to not lock out the knee cap, but engaging and strengthen the muscles around the knee joints.
- Keep the top foot flexed to reduce ankle pain if you experience ankle injury