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Strike a Yoga Pose: Standing Hand to Big Toe C

We're up to the third pose in the Standing Hand to Big Toe series. In Standing Hand to Big Toe A, your leg is straight out in front of you, giving you an amazing hamstring stretch. In Standing Hand to Big Toe B, your lifted leg is out to the side, so it feels amazing in your hips. With this next one, Standing Hand to Big Toe C, it's a bit more challenging and requires both balance and flexibility.

Sanskrit name: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana C
English translation: Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose C
Also called: Standing Hand to Big Toe C

To give it a try just


  • Stand with your big toes touching. Put all your weight into your left foot, and lift your right foot up. Bend your knee so you can grab onto your right foot with both hands. Keep your left leg straight.
  • From here, work on straightening your right leg. Then if it's easy, pull your right thigh in towards your belly so that your toes are pointing straight up.
  • Try to lengthen through your spine, and tuck your tail bone in so your torso is in line with your standing leg.
  • Hold for five deep breaths, then slowly release your right foot to the ground. Try this pose on the other side.

Fit's Tips: For a challenge, try doing Standing Hand to Big Toe A, B, and C without letting your foot touch the ground.

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