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Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

This standing balancing pose, also known as Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose, requires focus and practice. You will most likely fall over the first times you try it, but don’t worry, it’s normal. Laugh it off and try again. It takes a while to master this one, but when you do you’ll experience a feeling of grounding, balance and strength, which can be quite empowering.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

- Strengthens legs and ankles
- Strengthens back and arm muscles
- Stretches hamstrings, hips and calves
- 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:

To prepare you for the full pose, you can start by holding the knee of your non-standing leg (flexing the toes will help keep your balance) in front of you. Eventually you can rotate the knee to the side, still holding on to it. Once comfortable there, extend the opposite arm out to the side and look at the thumb of the extended hand.

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS POSE GO TO:

http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/extended-hand-to-big-toe-pose/

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