How To Teach Half Moon Pose

Stand in Mountain.

Big step back with right foot.

Turn foot to side of mat.

Take arms out in a T with palms pointing down.

Place right hand on waist.

Shift weight into left leg as you lift right foot off floor.

Left hand on floor (or block).

Spread fingers.

Hand is 12 inches in front of left foot.

Look down and gaze at a point.

Raise leg parallel to floor.

Straighten standing leg.

Extend right arm up.  

When exiting pose draw belly in.

Repeat on other side.

Preparation Poses 

Follow Up Poses 


  • Strengthens abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, spine.
  • Stretches groin, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest, spine.


  • Stand with back to wall.
  • Yoga block under hand.


  • Neck pain.
  • Headache.
  • Low Blood Pressure.