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Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasanam)

May 21, 2019

 

Type: Standing Balance

Level: Intermediate

 

Steps:

Take mountain pose. Bend your one leg and grab the toe with the two first fingers of the the opposite hand. Put your other hand on your hip. Open your chest and stand tall.

 

Props & Assistance:

•Bend the knee

•Use strap looped around the sole of the foot

•Use a wall or chair for balance

 

Preparatory poses:

•Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

•Reclining Hero

•Standing forward bend

 

Follow up poses:

•Standing forward bend

•Downward dog

•Cobra

 

Benefits:

•Strengthens legs and ankles

•Stretches back of the legs (Hamstrings)

•Improves balance

 

Caution/Avoid:

•Ankle problems

•Lower back injuries

•Pregnant

•If you are thinking of starting yoga and have a medical condition, it is advisable to check with your doctor.

 

 

 

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