Half moon pose with hands to feet pose
photo by Tara's Bikram Experience
Works into the whole skeletal and circulatory systems
Opens shoulder joints
Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back
Good for abdominal obesity
Improves and strengthens every muscle in the central part of the body Increase the flexibility of the spine
Increases flexibility and strength of rectus abdominis, gluteus maximus, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles
Alleviates anxiety and reduces mental stress
Stimulates pituitary gland
Exercises colon, pancreas, kidneys, muscular, skeletal, respiratory and glandular systems
Firms and trims waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs
photo by Bikram Yoga-Takoma Park
This pose is in three parts. It gives a very nice side and back stretch. This is the first "back bend" in the series and the first chance to open the heart area a bit.
My biggest challenge with this poses is keeping my palms "glued" together, but I'm sure with time they will happen.