Crescent Moon Pose- Try Chandrasana to beat depression


Chandrasana or the crescent moon pose is helpful in reducing depression and anxiety and aids digestion. Further it stretches the calves, hamstrings and the groins, spine, shoulders and chest. Ardha chandrasana benefits include strengthening of the abdomen, thighs, ankles, spine and buttocks.
To bring into focus the half moon yoga pose, we should briefly examine yoga mythology. The yoga mythology attaches great symbolic significance to the moon. For instance, when we examine hatha yoga, the twin polar energies in every human body are represented by the moon and the sun. Further, the syllables ‘ha’ and ‘tha’ are esoterically interpreted to signify the lunar and solar energies. Similarly, ardha in Sanskrit means half and Chandra denotes a shining, glittering object with hue or brilliance of light (usually in the context of referring to God) and generally translated as the moon.
1. Get into the Uthita trikonasana pose on the right side and move forward to left while inhaling.
2. Focusing on a point on the surface, keep your left palm beneath your left shoulder and bring your right hand carefully to your right hip
3. Inhale and point your right fingertips towards the top. Turn your head facing the side wall 
4. Breathe and hold the breath for a while
5. Exhale and release gradually bringing back both hands to the floor. 
6. These are but brief instructions to help you with an initial understanding of how chandrasana works for you.

People suffering from migrane or headache, diarrhea, low BP or Insomnia should not practice this yoga.
These are but brief instructions to help you with an initial understanding of how Ardha chandrasana works for you.
People suffering from migrane or headache, diarrhea, low BP or Insomnia should not practice this yoga.
This yoga pose is not recommended for people suffering from insomnia, diarrhea,migraine/headache and low BP.
Ray Long, MD, FRCSC who founded the Bandha yoga and a certified orthopedic surgeon has done extensive research on chandrasana and his findings further support the fact that this yoga pose is helpful in alleviating your suffering from ailments like poor digestion, depression and anxiety.
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