[Pose Of the Week] Challenge Your Balance & Flexibility with Bound Revolved Half Moon Pose (Advanced)

Gain confidence, balance, flexibility and strength in Bound Revolved Half Moon Pose…

Bound Revolved Half Moon Pose (Baddha Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana) is a challenging bound standing twist pose. This intermediate-to-advanced level pose requires balance, strength, and flexibility to perform properly, but for some people, it may actually feel easier than it looks! This pose offers a great stretch for the back, shoulders, hips, and knees, and it also builds strength in the legs, improves balance, and increases flexibility in the spine and shoulders.

The intense focus required in this pose helps to center you within your body and create a strong mind-body connection. As with all twist poses, this standing twist pose is thought to improve digestive function, increase blood circulation, and stimulate the internal organs. It helps one to build stamina, strength, and awareness, and provides a great opportunity to practice controlled and focused breathing.

You should avoid this pose if you are pregnant, or if you have a chronic or recent shoulder or back injury. Be sure you are comfortable with Revolved Half Moon Pose and Revolved Side Angle Pose before tackling this one.

How to Do Bound Revolved Half Moon Pose:

Enter this pose from Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose) with the right foot forward and come into the bound arm variation by wedging the left elbow to the outside of the knee and internally rotating the arm to reach below your thigh.

Bring your right hand behind your back and reach for the left hand, clasping your hands under your thigh in the bind.

Once bound, shift your weight into the right foot, hug your legs in, and lift your back leg up as high as you can and start to straighten your right leg. Gaze at the floor.

Repeat to the left.

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