Because there’s usually more than one way to try a posture, I’m going to show you two options for preparing and building up to this challenging standing balance.
This posture requires just as much mental focus as physical. So when you’re doing it, keep your eyes softly focused on one un-moving spot in front of you, breathe smoothly, and have a go.
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
This is me demonstrating the full posture.
Traditionally you hook the first two fingers around the big toe, placing the thumb on the tip of the big toe. Instead, what I’m showing you here is my hand around the outside of the foot. This can feel more stable when you’re learning, so try this option out first.
Prepare and build-up to Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
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