Standing One-Leg Balance Yoga Pose
Utthita Hast a Padangusthasana
This Yoga Pose has all the stabilizing and strengthening attributes of Tree Yoga Pose Pose, but is more mentally and physically challenging. It also provides a deep hamstring stretch. This is a Yoga Pose to practice in preparation for more advanced arm balances and inversions.
QUALITY Balancing, grounding EFFECT Flexibility, focus, strength PROPS Strap GAZE Forward
1 Begin in Mountain Yoga Pose Pose to establish a stable base. Shift your weight onto your left foot and hug your right knee into your chest. Roll your shoulders back and down your back and lift your chest. Find a still point of focus for your gaze out in front of you.
2 Place your left hand on your left hip and place your right arm in the inside of your right knee to rea for your big right toe with your middle and index fingers. Wrap your fingers and thumb around your toe.
3 Keeping your chest lifted and right shoulder back, begin to extend your right leg forward as far as i will go. Drop your right hip down, keeping it in line with the left hip.
4 Extend your left arm to the sky and stay here for 3 to 5 breaths, cultivating mental strength and stamina.
5 Return to Mountain Yoga Pose and switch sides.