The Benefits of Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana is a challenging sequence of standing balancing asanas and the apex of the arc of the standing sequence of yoga. When we
balance on one leg in this pose, with the body held tall, the front and back body equally open, with awareness spreading through all the cells, our entire being
enters a state of equilibrium. Our energy, nerve flow, mind, body, and breath unify,and we enter into a deep state of stillness.

 

Physical Benefits

  • Strengthens the legs and ankles
  • It deeply stretches the hamstrings (the back thigh muscles),
  • Opens the hips, shoulders, and arms.

Emotional Benefits

  • Improves sense of balance
  • Improves concentration

Beginner's Tip

You can hold this pose longer by supporting the raised-leg foot on the top edge of a chair back (padded with a blanket). Set the chair an inch or two from a wall and press your raised heel firmly to the wall.
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