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Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Step by Step

From Tadasana, bring your left knee toward your belly.

Reach your left arm inside the thigh, cross it over the front ankle, and hold the outside of your left foot. If your hamstrings are tight, hold a strap looped around the left sole.

Firm the front thigh muscles of the standing leg, and press the outer thigh inward.

Inhale and extend the left leg forward. Straighten the knee as much as possible. If you're steady, swing the leg out to the side. Breathe steadily; breathing takes concentration, but it helps you balance.

Hold for 30 seconds, then swing the leg back to center with an inhale, and lower the foot to the floor with an exhale. Repeat on the other side for the same length of time.


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JJ

When you swing your leg to the side, you have to shift your gaze to the opposite side (i.e. leg sings right, turn your head to the left). This is an important detail in ashtanga that isn't portrayed in the picture.

autumn thomason

hard

Cholla Huta

Agree with u guys to see the one with leg straight ahead :)

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