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YOGA CHALLENGE: Standing Hand to Big Toe A

Here's the latest Yoga Challenge for you to try.

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

This balancing pose is great because it's a lot less scary than balancing inversions like the last challenge called Double Arm Headstand. This pose stretches out the hamstrings, shoulders, and encourages a long and extended spine. There are actually four variations to this pose, and this is the first one, hence the "A" at the end of its name.

If you are new to this pose, first work on balancing on one foot - don't worry if your knees are bent. After you've gotten the hang of that, work on straightening your left leg first, and then your right.

Don't Forget! Get a friend to snap a picture of you doing it. Then go to the YOGA CHALLENGE group. If you aren't already a member, click on the word "Subscribe" on the left-hand side under the black & white photo. If you're not sure how to post your picture to the group, check out this explanation. I'll choose my favorite and post it right here on FitSugar.

If you want to hear how to get into this pose, then

  • Stand on your mat or flat on a wood floor. Put all your weight into your left foot, and lift your right foot up. Bend the 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.
  • Work on straightening your standing leg first (left leg), and then you can work on straightening your right leg.
  • Try to lengthen through your spine, and if you want, you can work on folding forward towards your extended leg.

That's it! Can't wait to see your pics in the YOGA CHALLENGE group. Click here to see all the photos.

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