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How to Do the Standing Crescent Moon Pose

The Crescent Moon Pose is a basic move that can help you stretch and relax almost anywhere.


  • Step 1: Mountain Pose Stand at the front of your mat with your feet hip-width apart and your weight evenly distributed between them, your spine erect, and your arms at your sides.
  • Step 2: Raise arms Inhale, raising your arms out to your sides and up and over your head, pressing your palms together.
  • Step 3: Shift hips & arch torso Shift your hips to left while arching your torso and arms to the right. Your body should make crescent shape from hands to feet.
  • Step 4: Hold pose Hold the pose for several comfortable breaths.
  • Step 5: Release pose Release by straightening your spine and returning to an erect position, arms still overhead.
  • Step 6: Repeat pose Repeat the bend on the other side, holding the same number of breaths.
  • Step 7: Release pose Release by straightening your spine, returning to an erect position, and lowering your arms.
  • FACT: Half the moon is always in sunlight—the phase of the moon depends on how much of the sunlit half is visible from earth at any one time.

You Will Need

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and moving
  • A calm place where you won't be distracted or disturbed
  • A yoga mat or folded blanket

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