Published on August 23rd, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey0
STANDING HAND TO TOE POSE (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)
Standing Hand to Toe Pose is an intermediate-advanced balancing posture.
Standing Hand to Toe Pose requires open hamstrings, hips and steady balance.
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!
Slowly 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.
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.
- Lengthens hamstrings and inner thighs
- Strengthens quadriceps, hamstrings and ankles
- Improves focus, concentration and balance
- Ankle or low back injuries