Home' Australian Yoga Life : sample issue Contents Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose
Ground smoothly downward
through the foot as you gracefully lift
upward through all the joints from
the ankle to the crown of the head.
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
Breath: Smooth and even ujjayi breathing will be the most
beneficial. Keep the jaw and facial muscles relaxed as you come
into one pointed focus. Stay attuned to an inner core of stillness.
Ga ze for ward from the back of the brain through the eyes.
Draw the arm bone gently into the shoulder
socket. Keep the arm and wrist in one line.
Slightly spin the biceps up.
Press for ward evenly
through ball of foot.
the collar bones.
away from ears.
and upward tone
of lower belly.
Extend up from the
left hip to the inner
Draw the lifted leg hip into the
socket and slightly downward to
level out the pelvis.
Hug inward with the leg
muscles while lifting up (not
back) through the knee cap.
Allow gravity to flow down
the bones from the head to
Tune into the sensitive interaction
of the sole of the foot and
big toe to maintain balance.
• Develops concentration and self-
• Builds strong legs, ankles, and feet
• Builds strong back muscles
• Encourages a deepening of
• Cultivates steadiness and poise
• Lumbar disc injuries
• High blood pressure
australian yoga life • december-february 2010
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