Asana of the Month: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose)

Each month we choose a pose to focus on in each class through strong attention to alignment, variations, and/or modifications as a way to grow and expand our yogic horizons.

In Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, we should strive to ensure that the standing leg, the pelvis, and the torso all maintain Tadasana, as the raising of the working leg often causes the remainder of the body to shift out of alignment. This awareness should be maintained whether one is practicing the pose with the raised leg out in front, or out to the side, in Parsva Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana.

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose):
Utthita = extended
Hasta = hand
Pada = foot
Angusta = big toe

Benefits (according to Yoga Journal):
· Strengthens the legs and ankles
· Stretches the backs of the legs and groins
· Improves balance and poise

Cautions/Contraindications:
· Ankle, low back, or hamstring injuries


Preparatory Poses:
· Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose)
· Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)
· Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)
· Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)


Song that Most Comes to Mind While in the Posture:

Robbie’s Big Toe Song

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