angusta: “big toe”
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.
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.
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.