Home Practice Sequence: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

by Nancy Zrymiak

There are some asanas that I practice a lot and some rarely at all. Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose) falls into the latter for me. Too wobbly, too challenging, don’t really understand it. Until recently. By using the wall and other props, the actions of the pose (rather than balance) become the focus. The mind and breath can start to relax.

Preparation Poses at the wall:

Trikonasana at the wallTrikonasana x 3


Parivrtta TrikonasanaParivrtta Trikonasana, revolve towards and away from the wall x 2 each


Parivrtta ParsvakonasanaParivrtta Parsvakonasana x 2 or more


Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana Variations:

Parivrtta Ardha ChandrasanaA. Upper hand on the wall, lower hand on a brick. Standing leg straight and firm. Explore the brick at different heights. Which height improves the lift of the back leg, allows for the shoulders to roll back, shoulder blades to press in and the neck to be released?


Parivrtta Ardha ChandrasanaB. Back leg supported on chair back. With increased stability one can stay in the pose longer and focus on the actions of the pose. Back leg extends straight back like an arrow; sides of the torso extend in the opposite direction, toward the head side. Revolve.


Parivrtta Ardha ChandrasanaC. Add another chair and some bolsters or blankets for full head and neck support. Stability is increased even more. Continue to work on the above actions. Use the hands at the wall to increase rotation of the abdomen, chest and shoulders; press the shoulder blades in to broaden the chest.



Let the mind relax.

Now be here and experience the pose.

Thank you Mr. Iyengar for introducing the use of the props.

About the Author

Nancy first discovered Iyengar Yoga in Bangalore, India in 2010. It took only one class to convince her that yoga was for her… for life. She completed her studies under the guidance of Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Louie Ettling and is now a certified Iyengar yoga instructor. In 2016 Nancy travelled to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. She teaches in New Westminster.  Follow Nancy on Instagram for more information.