Day 8 Utthita Hasta Padangustasana 

Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

 

 

 

 

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana 

(oo-TEE-tah HAHS-tuh pahd-ahng-goosh-TAHS-uh-nuh)

This pose also goes by various English translations: "Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose," "Standing Hand to Big Toe Pose," "Big Toe Hold," "Standing Big Toe Pose,” and others. As you might guess, the big toe of the extended foot

plays a major role in this pose!

 

Standing Hand to Big Toe Pose is an intermediate yoga posture that stretches the backs of your legs while challenging your balance. It is a great preparatory pose for deeper hamstring stretches, such as Standing Split (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana) and Monkey Pose (Hanumanasana).

This pose stretches your hamstrings, strengthens your legs and ankles, and improves your balance. It not only builds overall physical strength but also inner confidence! Remember to take it slowly, and be sure to modify the pose as needed. With practice, your flexibility and your ability to balance will improve.

Here’s how to get into this pose:

Stand tall in Tadasana. Bring your right knee in towards your chest, with your right hand form peace fingers. Grab your big toe with your peace fingers, inhale, and stretch your leg out in front of you, hold and breathe for 5 breaths. When steady swing your right leg to the side and breathe here, balancing for 5 breaths.

BENEFITS:

  • Strengthens the legs and ankles

  • Stretches the backs of the legs

  • Improves sense of balance

TIMETABLE

Monday

9.45am Pilates Bannatyne's Luton

11.30am Yin Yoga Archer's Hitchin

12.45pm Tai Chi Archer's Hitchin

6.45pm Pilates V360

8pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

Tuesday

11.10am Pilates V360

7pm Pilates Dunstable Centre

8.15pm Yoga Dunstable Centre

Wednesday

6pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

8pm Yoga DLMK

Thursday

10.45am Mature Moves Bannatyne's Luton

12pm Meditation Bannatyne's Luton

1.30pm Yoga V360

8.15pm Pilates HRLC

Friday

11am Pilates V360

1.30pm Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre

6pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

Saturday

7.45am Pilates DLMK

10.35am Yoga DLMK

11.40am Pilates DLMK

1.30pm Hatha Yoga Archer's Hitchin 

12.45pm Tai Chi Archer's Hitchin

 

Sunday

10.30-12pm Pilates/Yoga  Bannatyne's Luton

4pm Pilates Houghton Regis LC

5pm Yoga Houghton Regis LC

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