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Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana is an intermediate standing balancing pose. If you find this pose difficult, you are in good company. If you fall out of the pose, do not give up, as falling is part of the process. Take a few steady breaths in Tadasana. Stand tall. Stand strong. Refocus and try again. Know that you are getting stronger each time. Let the pose become your teacher, and you will gain strength, focus, confidence, and poise. Take the lessons of this pose off the mat and into your life in every instance in which you face challenging circumstances, and need to simultaneously be steady, strong, and sensitive. Despite your best efforts, you will “fall out of poses” in life, too, and that’s OK. That’s why we call it yoga practice: Your practice on the mat is training you for your practice off the mat.