1. Begin in a standing position anywhere on your yoga mat. Ensure you have enough space to reach the leg outward and the head forward without injuring yourself. Face the wide edge of your mat.
While it does not matter which side you start with, for the sake of this instructional guide, you may face the right side of your mat.
2. As you face the right side of your mat, have your toes pointing in the same direction as your front. Begin to shift your weight to the left foot by pressing yourself into the four corners of the foot: the baby toe, the big toe, and each side of the heel. You should be able to lift the right foot from the ground.
3. While keeping your posture straight, the core tight and tailbone tucked in, begin to slowly drop to the left. Reach your left arm to the ground while your straightened right leg begins to rise. Think of the left arm and right leg as connected, and as one moves, so will the other.
4. Let your palm touch your yoga mat or block and adjust the right leg until it is parallel with the ground. Use this chance to bring your awareness to your posture, starting from the head and working your way down to both feet. The head can be turned to face the ground, or looking up towards the sky.
The right arm will reach as if skimming the clouds, the shoulder pulled away from the ear. Your obliques should create a straight line down to the hips and then the raised right leg while your left leg remains strongly connected to your yoga mat. You have the option of flexing the foot or pointing it – experiment to see how a change could affect your balance.
5. Breathe into the side body and find one point to fixate on. Holding your eyes on one small area can help you keep your balance.
6. When you are ready to come out of Ardha Chandrasana, lower the lifted leg in a controlled motion and at the same time, allow the left arm to come off the floor. Remember, these two limbs are connected, and when one moves, the other follows.
7. You should have returned to a standing position facing the wider edge of your yoga mat. From here, find a way to work the opposite side of the body either immediately or through a symmetrical yoga sequence.