The Half Moon Pose has a few different names. It’s Sanskrit name is Parsva Urdhva Hastasana and common western names include the Upward Salute Side Bend Pose and the Standing Half Moon Pose.
You might recognize this posture, its commonly used in yoga sequences because it’s an energizing warm-up that is reasonably easy to do.
On those mornings when you are really struggling to wake up, and the thought of doing any kind of yoga routine before having your coffee makes you want to go back to bed, try this posture for at least half a minute on each side. It will be just enough to give you a boost so you can get on with your day.
Benefits of the Half Moon Pose
As I just mentioned, the Half Moon Pose is an energizing posture that is great for morning yoga or warm-ups. It targets the arms, shoulders, middle back, neck and the Psoas muscles (muscles that connect your torso to your legs).
This posture improves balance, stretches and tones the leg muscles, increases flexibility of the upper body, helps with sciatica and flat feet and like most yoga poses, increases concentration.
That is why it is the perfect posture for those mornings when you are really struggling to wake up. If you can’t stomach a full routine, just commit to 1-2 minutes of the Half Moon Pose. You wont regret it.
Maryn will show you how to do this Pose in the video below.
Try adding this posture to tomorrow mornings routine, or just try it out on its own. You will immediately feel the benefits of this energizing posture and it will give you a head-start to the day.
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