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Strike a Yoga Pose: Standing Hand to Big Toe B

We're up to the second 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. This next one, B, has your lifted leg out to the side, so it feels amazing in your hips.

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

  • 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 big toe with the first two fingers and thumb of your right hand. Bring your left hand to your hip.
  • From here, work on rotating your right leg out to the side. Focus on keeping your left leg (standing leg) straight. Keep the right knee bent at first, and when you're ready, straighten your leg. Once you feel balanced, turn your head and gaze over your left shoulder.
  • 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 rotate your right leg back in front of you, and release it to the ground. Try this pose on the other side.

Fit's Tip: Traditionally you get into this pose from Standing Hand to Big Toe A, so practice flowing from A to B without letting your lifted leg touch the ground.

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