In Half Moon, you begin to open up the whole skeletal system, including the spine, the neck, the ribs and the scapula. Your entire body will open like a beautiful blooming flower. From "Bikram Yoga: The Guru Behind Hot Yoga Shows the Way to Radiant Health and Personal Fulfillment"
- Start with you feet together, arms up, interlocked fingers with the index fingers released.
- Bend right and left to warm up, stop in the center. Make sure you are stretching up to the centre each time.
- Push your hips to the left and slowly bring your upper body down on the right; breathe normally.
- Slowly return to the center and repeat on the left side.
- Return to the center and stretch up.
- Drop the head back, bring your arms back, and slowly bend your upper body backwards.
- Return to the center then slowly bend down and grab your heels.
- Straighten out the legs while keeping your body against the thighs and arms pulling on the heels.
- Release your hands and slowly come up.
Tips These stretches in four directions gets our bodies ready for the class so it is important to work extra hard at this point. Side stretching
- Focus on form before depth.
- Keep the elbows locked and the chin up.
- Avoid collapsing in your lower back.
- Feel the stretch all over your total spine.
- Try to set your gaze to the wall behind you.
- Keep breathing. Never hold your breath.
- Keep the body compressed to the legs with no room for air. Bend your knees if you need to in order to keep the connection.
- Roll your body weight forward when the knees are locked.
- Pull with your arms to create traction.
- Increases flexibility in the spine.
- Strengthens the midsection creating better posture and trimming the waistline, hips, buttocks, and thighs.
- Promotes proper kidney function.
- Increase circulation and strength in the legs.