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Ardha Chandrasana is a pinnacle pose that once understood lays the foundation for other balance postures. The asana is used more by the modern yogis as an alternate to Veerabhadrasana 3. We lovingly refer to it as the cheat pose, but Half moon pose is a great balance and stabilising asana. What makes Ardha Chandrasana so special? Ardha Chandrasana challenges the body, balance and mind. It is a great posture for hip flexibility, strong legs and an aligned spine. Besides, it stretches the whole torso which provides optimal space to all the internal organs. This ensures effective functioning of every organ. And, like they say, "Every posture affects your muscles but more importantly, it balances the functioning of the Human body." Chakra-wise Practicing Ardha Chandrasana stimulates the Mooladhara chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element. It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for expansion in your life. Benefits of Ardha Chandrasana Strengthens ankles, knees and legs - As our weight is balanced on one foot, the hamstrings and quadriceps are engaged resulting in strong legs. Hip Stability - This asana is particularly beneficial to the external rotators and stabilizers of the hip while increasing the hip flexibility and strength. Strengthens the abdomen and spine- The asana also tones the core while improving the digestion and making the spine more mobile. Relieves stress - The balancing act is very powerful, as it helps in practicing mindfulness. Thereby, the deep breathing helps us concentrate and relax. Better Focus - Like every balance asana, there is more mental work to do than physical. There will be days when you can hold the posture for 30 seconds. And there [...]