In the Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose, get a deep stretch in your legs and open up back of your knees to relieve leg cramps.
(Pronounced as "oo-TEE-tah huh-stuh PAHD-ANG-goosh-TAHS-anna")
The literal translation of Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana from Sanskrit means "extending your hand to grab the big toe."
Stand up straight and tall in Tadasana. Take a breath, and on your exhalation bend and lift your right knee. Keep your right foot near your left thigh.
Grab the big toe of your right foot with your right hand by wrapping your first two fingers and thumb around it.
Place your left hand on your left hip. Turn your left toes slightly in so that the outside edge of your left foot is directly in line with your left hip. Straighten your left leg and balance your weight on your left foot. Take a breath.
Now when you exhale, hold your grip tightly on your big toe while you straighten your raised right leg, extending the right leg forward. Do not let your torso pull forward. Instead, lean back a little to expand your chest as you pull on your big toe.
If you cannot straighten your right leg all the way while holding your big toe, then loop a yoga belt around your right foot and grab the ends of the belt in your right hand. Then you can use the belt to lift your straightened leg instead.
Stay in this posture for 30 seconds. Then inhale as you pull the leg back in and exhale as you release your leg back down to the floor. Repeat this pose on the other side and hold it for the same amount of time.
Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana
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