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Adam
9:49 pm

What are the benefits of Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Sugar Cane Pose)?

Ardha Chandra Chapasana can be classified as a standing, balancing and backbending pose. This pose has many benefits which include: 
Builds endurance in the feet and strength in the legs.
Opens the hips.
Stretches the quadriceps of the raised leg.
Lengthens the spine with a subtle twist.
Improves core strength and balance.
These are all great reasons to try out the new Heat C class this week and experience Ardha Chandra Chapasana for yourself! 

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Adam
10:51 pm

How do you get into Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Sugar Cane Pose)?

Our peak pose this week for Heat C is Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Sugar Case Pose). If you've never tried this pose, it helps to begin with half moon pose. Once you have stabilized the standing leg by firming the outer hip of the standing leg, bend your lifted leg and grab outer ankle. Press your ankle into your hand and move thigh behind you. Make sure that your thigh is parallel to the floor, it's fine if it’s not completely parallel. This is because the primary aim of the pose is not raising the leg. Now, begin to lean chest open so upper spine goes in extension. This pushing and pulling will lead to the creation of a bow-like shape, which leads to the pose becoming a back bend. Hold three to fives breaths and then slowly release your foot so that you can assume the half moon pose again. Check the schedule for the next Heat C class this week to try this challenging pose. 





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Adam
10:14 pm

Where does the name Sugar Cane come from?

Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Sugar Cane Pose) is a powerful heart opener, this challenging variation of Half Moon Pose offers both a balancing posture and an asymmetrical backbend. The origin of Sugar Cane Pose comes from the story of Kama, in the mythology of India, the god of love. During the Vedic age (2nd millennium–7th century bce), he personified cosmic desire, or the creative impulse, and was called the firstborn of the primeval Chaos that makes all creation possible. In later periods he is depicted as a handsome youth who shoots love-producing flower-arrows. His bow is of sugarcane, his bowstring a row of bees. 

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