This week, let’s explore Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, a standing on one leg balancing posture. From Sanskrit, it translates to upright hand-to-big-toe posture.
As we get older, especially if we haven’t taken care to exercise, our core muscles become weaker and we can become prone to falling. I’d say, regardless of age, it’s a good idea to start challenging your balance and keep those muscles toned. It’s easy to lose body confidence if we don’t keep using the movement we have.
Establish strong grounding by broadening the standing foot and lifting the arches. Press down with the big toe ball. Catch the big toe of the lifted leg, or if hamstrings are short take your knee. If possible, bow the chin to the shin as the leg extends straight in front, woah! tricky! especially for the 5 breath count before opening the leg to the side for another 5 breaths. Then we hold the leg, unsupported, in front for another 5 breaths. That’s right, 5 breaths and not a 1,2,3,4,5 quick count that we all like to pretend goes unnoticed..
It’s a very strong yoga posture and often a relief when done. Bloody hell. Yes, actually always.
Improved balance also brings calmness of mind.
Come and practice with me, see improvements for yourself and at the very least maintain the movement you have.
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