To achieve the full Standing Hand To Big Toe Pose – or Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana in Sanskrit, we need to have the hip joint well warmed up, the legs supple and stretched and the arms also stretched and ready to hold and support. Your abs and hip flexor will also be working hard.
It is a balancing pose as we are standing on one leg.
Having a strap handy or a wall can help us reach our objective.
In this class, we start with a Mandala warm-up, a great way of changing perspectives and feeling around our bodies without always looking at the teacher and just copying the moves. It’s very important to observe our breath and be synced to it.
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana meaning: ‘utthita’ = ‘stretched’, ‘hasta’ = ‘hand’, ‘pada’ = ‘foot’, ‘angustha’ = ‘big toe’, and ‘asana’ = ‘posture or pose;’ literally means the stretching of one leg while holding the toe with your hand.
Standing Hand To Big Toe Pose is considered a base pose which can then have the variation of bringing the leg to the side or across in a twist.
Standing Hand To Big Toe Pose helps boost energy in the body, improves balance and concentration, activates the joints, strengthens the legs and abs.