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Asana Analysis Standing Hand to Toe Pose Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air Venice

Published on August 23rd, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey

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STANDING HAND TO TOE POSE (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)

Standing Hand to Toe Pose is an intermediate-advanced balancing posture.

I like to teach the Reclined version first with a strap, then gradually work on standing postures like Tree and Dancer before arriving here.

Standing Hand to Toe Pose requires open hamstrings, hips and steady balance.

ALIGNMENT

Starting in Tadasana, bring the right knee to your chest.

Visualize the breath being drawn up through the standing leg as your firm the thigh (of the standing leg).

Bring your right arm on the inside of the right thigh and grab the big toe, or outside edge of the foot.

Feel free to use a strap here!

Standind Hand to Toe Pose Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air VeniceSlowly extend the right leg forward, and away from you.

If you feel your back rounding or the shoulders tensing, bend the right knee slightly.

If it’s available, with the right knee straight, slowly swing the leg outward away from the midline.

 

Standing Hand to Toe Pose Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air Venice

WORK IN THE POSE

Reach through the crown of the head to extend the spine.

Lift the standing legs kneecap and quadricep.

Rotate the standing legs outer thigh inward

Press down through the standing foot (all 4 corners)

Work on leveling the hips (I need to lower my right hip in this picture)

GETTING OUT OF THE POSE

Bring the lifted leg back to center, bend the knee, and release it to the mat.

BENEFITS

  • Lengthens hamstrings and inner thighs
  • Strengthens quadriceps, hamstrings and ankles
  • Improves focus, concentration and balance

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Ankle or low back injuries

 


 

 

 

 

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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