Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand to Toe) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand to Toe), and related poses such as Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana (Revoled Hand to Toe Pose)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

oo-TEET-uh-AWS-tuh POD-ung-goosh-TAWS-un-nuh

“utthita” = extended, stretched

“hasta” = hand

“pada” = foot

“angustha” = big toe

Extended Hand to Toe Pose

In Bikram Hot Yoga, called Standing Head-to-Knee Pose: Dandayamana Janushirasana

Heart of Pose

  • Standing Balance

Cautionary Note

Requires Open Hamstrings

I avoid teaching Utthita Hasta Pādangusthāsana. Unless the hamstrings are extremely open it causes severe contortion in the SI joint and lower back. This pose does not open the hamstrings; it requires open hamstrings. Most hamstrings are too tight to do this pose safely. I prefer to teach Supta Pādangusthāsana because it opens hamstrings safely without damaging the SI joint/lower back.- Aadil Palkhivala, Yoga Journal, 19 Yoga Teaching Tips  link

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