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Extended Hand to Toe Pose A

 

Kiana Ng Yoga

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana A

This pose works your hamstrings, hips and balance while improving your focus and concentration.

Alignment Principles

  • Start in a Tadasana
  • Exhale to hug right knee into your chest
  • Take right peace fingers to hook them around the right big toe
  • Inhale to lengthen foot to crown of head
  • Exhale to start to strengthen the right leg straight forwards
  • Plug the right shoulder back
  • Draw the belly in
  • Drop the right hip down to avoid hiking it up into the side body

Prep. Poses:

  • Supine Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Supine Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose)
  • Padangusthasana (Hand to Big Toe Pose)
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold

Modifications/Variations:

  • Use a strap around the sole of the lifted foot to bridge the gap between hand and foot while maintaining length in spine
  • Modify with bent knee if unable to straighten the lifted leg completely yet

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