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Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana D

This standing balancing pose forms the apex of the arc of the standing sequence of Ashtanga yoga. Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana D is a variation that follows Extended Hand To Big Toe Pose except without holding on to the foot of the outstretched leg. This particular variation strengthens the legs, back, abdominals, and hip flexors.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

- Strengthens legs and ankles
- Strengthens hip flexors
- Strengthens abdominals
- Improves balance

MENTAL BENEFITS:

- Calms the mind
- Improves focus

THERAPEUTIC USES:

- Improves joint mobility

AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:

- An ankle injury

HELPFUL TIPS:

Maintaining your outstretched leg high up will take practice, so don’t get frustrated if initially you can’t lift is as high as in the picture. With time and repetition, your hip flexors and abs will gain strength and your leg will be able to gradually stay higher up on it’s own.

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS POSE GO TO:

http://www.thesecretsofyoga.com/Ashtanga/Ashtanga-UTTHITA-HASTA-PADANGUSTASANA-D.html

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