In Sanskrit, arhda means "half", chandra means "moon" to create "Arhda Chandrasana" or "Half-moon" pose.
They say, if you never want to do another crunch, you better learn to like this pose. I use to say, what if you don't like either? That was until I saw the muscles beginning to find some definition in my tummy. Then, I was all in. It's still one of the more difficult poses for me, but I enjoy the benefits, and reap the rewards of practicing the pose everyday.
1. Start in Tadasana or Mountain Pose. Inhale as you raise arms up over your head sideways. Palms come together. Biceps by your ears. Chin away from your chest.
2. Exhale as you interlace all ten fingers, release your index fingers so they point to the sky. Hips pushed forward.
3. Take a deep breath in though your mouth, stretch up out of your waist. Push your hips to the left, out past your ankles. Arms locked, biceps with your ears, come over to the right. Feel the stretch down your left side. Taking slight sips of air. Hips should be squared, shoulders squared. Keep pushing your hips to the left, using your right hand to pull your left hand and stretch the right side of your body even further. Hold this pose for 15-30 seconds.
4.Return to center. Keep arms overhead, biceps with your ears. Take a deep breath, stretch up out of the waist. Push your hips to the right, out past your ankles. Arms locked, come over to the left. Feel the stretch down the right side. Squaring your hips and shoulders while taking tiny sips of air. Keep pushing your hips to the right and arms to the left, using your left hand to pull your right hand further. Hold this side for 15-30 seconds.