This posture takes place right after the Standing Deep Breathing Pose and right before the Awkward Pose. Please note that these are actually two poses, but as they are done in very close sequence and each transitions into the other, they are usually referred to as one posture only.
The original name of these poses is Ardha Chandrasana with Pada Hastasana, which translate to “Half Moon Posture” and “Foot-Hand Posture,” respectively.
Benefits and Purposes
The Half-Moon and Hands-to-Feet poses are an excellent way to stretch and vitalize your entire body in preparation for the upcoming poses. Due to nature of the movements, many people benefit from improved body posture as well as reduction in lower back pain when they perform these poses.
A whole spectrum of muscles is worked while performing these two poses, including the abdominal muscles, back muscles, hip flexors, shoulders, thighs and calves. Additionally, a whole spectrum of organs/systems is also exercised: the circulatory (your heart), pancreatic, respiratory, glandular and even the skeletal system. All of the above make the Ardha Chandrasana and Pada Hastasana excellent full-body exercises that can be performed safely by people of all ages and all levels of fitness.
The Half-Moon and Hands-to-Feet poses will also provide bowel stimulation, and will provide a massage session to the nerves surrounding your spine, improving your overall well-being and feeling of comfort in your own body. Additionally, and as a direct cause of all the benefits mentioned, these two poses will help your reduce fat around your buttocks and waistline, and will reduce your anxiety levels due to improved blood circulation and respiration.