Last month, I released a 60-minute half-moon class for my Patreon Community. One thing I noticed was because half moon isn’t a pose I do that often, I struggled to balance. My legs were shaking! Wow, wake up call to a pose that I need to practice more frequently. And so, I created this 15 minute half moon pose sequence.
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Half Moon Pose Sequence
This yoga routine is just 15 minutes and focuses on balance, stamina, and strength. For the class, I advise having 2 yoga blocks handy. No yoga blocks? Check out this post! Begin this half moon pose sequence standing at the front of your mat in tadasana. Taking a few breaths to center yourself. Then on an exhale fold into uttanasana. Step back into downdog for a few breaths.
From downward-facing dog, float into plank, dropping the left knee. Rotate the right foot to the right side and revolve the torso to the right, lifting the right arm up. For more of a warm up and preparation for half moon, lift the right leg parallel to the floor and lower back down. Repeat this a total of three times.
After repeating on the opposite side, step back into Uttanasana, and rise into standing for a breath. After a half sun salutation, step the right foot back, rising into Warrior 2. Settling for a few breaths.
Repeat this on the other side, and spend a few breaths resting in forward fold. This is a great time to stack the blocks to the front left corner of your mat. Step the right foot back, rising again into Warrior 2. Lean forward, place the left hand on the blocks and push off the right leg rising into half moon pose.
After pausing for a few breaths, step back into warrior 2. Then return to forward fold, before moving the blocks and repeating to the other side. The second time through, perhaps try having the blocks on a lower value.
After completing two cycles of half moon pose, settle into forward fold for three breaths. Step the left leg back, lowering the knee to the floor. With the left hand on the floor or block rotate the torso to the right taking a few breaths in the twist.
Then repeat the twist to the left side before rising to stand. Settling in standing for 3-5 breaths.
- Do you struggle with balance poses?
- How strong are your legs?
- Is there a difference in the pose right to left?