BALANCE YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE

The most attractive way to do it, is TO DO IT. …..Amelia Earhart

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana(Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose)

This asana focuses on balancing technique as in beginning this asana may make you feel weak or imbalanced, but surely after a few moments of dedicated practice, this asana will help you find your roots, your strength and be able to expand more than you realized is possible.

Will surely make you achieve balance in your roots but also mentally it will enhance your self confidence. In reaching for the fullest expression in any variation of this pose, we are met with multiple observances of our own weaknesses and an opportunity to gain more and more strength the more we willingly sit with what we uncover

ETYMOLGY:

Utthita = extended
Hasta = hand
Pada = foot
Angustha = big toe
Asana = pose

BENEFITS:

  1. Stretches hamstrings and hips.
  2. Stretches the inner leg line (adductors).
  3. Strengthens back and arm muscles.
  4. Improves sense of balance.
  5. Calms the mind and improves focus.

STEPS:

  1. Stand with your hands on your hips.
  2. Extend your left knee in, towards your belly and interlace your fingertips in front of your shin.
  3. Let your hips to be equidistant from the ground.
  4. Pause for a breath.
  5. Reach your left hand on the inside of your left knee and take hold of your big toe with your first and second fingers.
  6. Stay at the moment and straighten your spine and extend your foot forward , as per limit of your flexibilty.
  7. Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths and release back to standing. Repeat on the other side.

LIMITATIONS: The most common limitation in all variations of Hasta Padangusthasana is tight hamstrings.  

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