Crescent Moon Pose
Benefits of Crescent Moon Pose: This kneeling pose is a backward bend that strengthens core muscles, since it challenges your balance. It stretches the abdominals and strengthens spinal muscles that are important in this movement. This pose also stretches the inner hips. It strengthens the front deltoid (shoulder) muscle, as the arms are lifted upwards.
Modifications For Crescent Moon Pose: The model shown in this video has considerable flexibility inside her hips, so that she can bring her left leg into the position you see in the video. If you do not have this level of flexibility, position your knee under your hip, instead of taking it as far back as shown here. Lift your arms very slowly to ensure good balance.