Uttihita Hasta Padanghustasana (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose)

Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practising and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practioner.

ASANA

Uttihita Hasta Padanghustasana (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose)

WHERE

This is a challenging pose which should be varied for beginners.

BENEFITS

This pose stretches through the back of the body such as the calves, hamstrings and shoulders. It energises and calms the body, and can be used to relieve headaches and insomina. It also stimulates the respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems.

CAUTION

General caution for this pose should be taken if you have any ankle injuries. Beginners can use variations such as holding the bent knee on the extended leg, or using a chair or wall for balance support

MEANING

Utthita means extended. Hasta means hand. Pada means foot. Asana literally means ‘seat’ but is generally understood to mean ‘pose/posture’