Yoga Pose Breakdown: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana – Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose

Sanskrit Name: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
Utthita = Extended
Hasta = Hand
Pada = Foot
Angusta = Big Toe
Asana = Pose

Get Started

  • Begin in Tadasana
  • Bring your right knee toward your belly, into Staff Pose
  • Initially, keep your knee bent
  • Ground down through all four corners of your left foot
  • Grab hold of either your right big toe or the outside of your right foot. If you are tight through your hamstrings, use a strap and loop it around your right foot
  • Begin to extend your right foot toward the front of the room
  • Once steady, extend your right foot out to the side
  • Extend your left arm horizontally to the left side to keep your balance
  • Option to gaze toward the left
  • Fix your gaze at one point

Benefits: This pose stretches the legs, ankles, abductors and the back of the legs. It strengthens the back and arm muscles. It also improves overall balance.

Contradictions: Practice this pose with caution if you have an ankle or low back injury. 

Know Your Asana: This pose requires rootedness through the feet and the core and also creates significant expansion through the heart and body as you extend.