Standing Poses


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



Level: Intermediate
Category: Standing Pose, Core Pose


Utthita = extended. Hasta = hand. Pada = foot. Angustha = big toe.

Organizing the Pose

    • From Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
    • Lift the right foot up and grab hold of the big toe with the first two fingers and thumb of the right hand. Bring the left hand to the hip.
    • Exhale and stretch the leg out and up in front of you, pulling the toes back, exhale and come into Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose I).
    • Inhale, extend both legs, lift and open the chest.
    • Exhale and take the leg out to the side, keeping the gaze forward.
    • Hold the position for several breaths.
    • Bring the leg back to center.
    • Come back to Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
    • Repeat on the other side.