Ardha Chandrasana - Half-Moon Pose
Benefits: Opens the rib cage, frees breathing, and promotes spinal awareness.
Cautions: Cardiovascular problems: Join palms at the heart and hold the pose only briefly.
Draw navel toward spine to protect lower back.
Instructions: Step your feet together.
As you inhale, circle your arms upward, interlock your thumbs, stretch tall.
As you exhale, extend the stretch to your left and slide your hips slightly to the right.
The body forms a graceful and uniform sideways arc.
Relax your shoulders away from your ears.
Actively lengthen with through the sides of the body, opening the right side.
Silently affirm "Strength and courage fill my body cells."