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Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana "Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose"

Posted on July 30 2019

Pronunciation: (OOT-hee-tah hah-stah -pahd-ahng-goosh-TAHS-ana)


Also called:

  • Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana B (leg and arm out to the side)
  • Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana A (leg and arm in front of you)



  • Intermediate





Benefits: This one-legged balancing pose will strengthen your core, stretch your hamstrings, and open your hips.  

How it's done:

  • From a standing position, lift a foot and grab the toes with fingers from hands on the same side. 
  • Your other hand should be on your hip to help keep hip pointed forwards. 
  • Extend your leg out to the side (version 2/B), or to the front (version 1/A)
  • When balanced, extend your other arm
  • Gaze should be forward, or towards the side opposite the extended leg to help with balance
  • To release, bend the knee before lowering leg to the floor
  • Use a strap if needed to help extend the leg


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