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

English Name(s)
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, Extended Hand-to-Big Toe Pose, Standing Hand To Big Toe Pose, Stretched Hand Grasps Big Toe
Sanskrit
उत्थित हस्त पादान्गुष्ठासन / Utthita Hasta Pādānguṣṭhāsana
Pronunciation
Oo-tee-ta Has-ta Pa-dan-goos-tah-sanna
Meaning
utthita: “extended”
hasta: “hand”
pada: “foot”
angusta: “big toe”
āsana: “posture”

Physical Benefits

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (oo-TEET-uh-HAWS-tuh POD-ung-goos-THAWS-un-nuh) stretches and strengthens the legs and ankles, particularly the hamstrings. It gently stretches the shoulders and arms, while improving your sense of balance.

Energetic Benefits

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana focuses your mind and helps build a connection between you and your breath. With increased concentration and connection to your breath, your mind becomes calm.

Contraindications

Avoid this pose if you have ankle or low back injuries. Also, women who are pregnant should be cautious about their balance in this pose and should consider using a chair or wall for balance.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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