Welcome back! Today is Video #15 of our Yoga Series for building or maintaining an at home Yoga practice and today we look at Standing Hand to Big Toe Posture, or Utthita Hasta Padāṅguṣṭhāsana.

This is the very first standing balance posture in the Ashtanga Yoga Standing Sequence!  I’m so proud of how far you’ve already come in your journey towards taking better care of the body and mind you live in!  Making the time for self care practices is so important in finding the health, fitness, peace of mind and life balance that we all seek.

In our last Yoga tutorial, we explored the idea of Tensegrity or oppositions of forces in your yoga practice. Although we used Prasārita Pādottānāsana A-D or Wide-Legged Forward Stretch Postures to examine this concept, I hope you will bring this functional tool into todays posture too!

Standing Hand to Big Toe Posture, or Utthita Hasta Padāṅguṣṭhāsana, is a challenging yet rewarding posture that asks for your full focus as you work to balance on one leg and move your standing leg around in space.  If you are brand new to yoga, or just generally struggle with balance, don’t worry!  I’d demonstrate two modifications in addition to the full expression, so you’ll have two different variations to work with in a modified manner so that you can start wherever you are and begin practicing this posture so that you can eventually enjoy taking the full expression of this posture sequence. But be patient with yourself, balance is hard for everyone. Start with the modifications and work your way up to the full expression over time.

Each tutorial video is here to help you go a little deeper in your understanding of the body mechanics of the movements, and your own body in space. I recommend you watch the video all the way through the first time you watch it so you can fully absorb the lecture portion of the video. And keep your eyes peeled for Video #17, our next practice along/guided class video that takes you from Sun Salutation A – this and the next balance posture. Keep up the great work, you are doing such a great job of taking this time for your self-care. It takes effort, consistency and determination to turn your physical and mental health around, to carve out time in your busy day to do things that are beneficial for you.  Keep pouring into your personal development guys, you are worth it!

If you are new to this Yoga Series, welcome!  I’ve conveniently numbered all prior videos so you can start at the very beginning, with Yoga Asana Series Video #1.  This way, you can work at your own pace, from the comfort of your home, to begin practicing and applying these tutorials in your life.  Videos 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 ,9, 11, 12 and today’s video #14 are all Yoga tutorial videos for you to dig deeper into one or several postures.  Videos 3, 5, 10 and 13 are guided practice videos similar to a led or guided yoga class.  The purpose of the practice along guided videos is for you to pull it all together into a flowing asana practice session.  Use these videos however they will best serve you.  And keep pouring into your personal well, keep it full so you can live your best life now.

New videos in the series are added each week, to help you continue to safely build up your daily at home Ashtanga Yoga practice.  See Links below for Yoga Asana Series Videos #1-14

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I hope you find this video series helpful to you in creating or maintaining your at home yoga practice!


Yoga Series Video 1: The Foundation – Breathing, Bandhas, Drishti and Sun Salutation A

Yoga Series Video 2: Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Finishing Sequence


Yoga Series Video 3: PRACTICE YOGA WITH KRISTA: Sun Salutation A & Modified Finishing Sequence


Yoga Series Video 4: Sun Salutation B

Yoga Series Video 5: PRACTICE Sun Salutation A & B and modified Finishing Sequence with Krista Shirley 

Yoga Series Video 6: How to Hold Your Spine in Space 

Yoga Asana Series – Video 7 – Standing Postures: Padangusthasana and Pada Hastasana 

Yoga Asana Series – Video 8: Standing Postures – Utthita Trikoṇāsana and Parivr̥tta Trikoṇāsana 

Yoga Asana Series – Video 9: Standing Postures – Utthita Pārśva Koṇāsana and Parivr̥tta Pārśva Koṇāsana

Yoga Asana Series – Video 10: GUIDED PRACTICE: Sun Salutation A & B through Utthita Pārśva Koṇāsana and Parivr̥tta Pārśva Koṇāsana with Modified Finishing Sequence

Yoga Asana Series – Video 11: Standing Postures – Prasārita Pādottānāsana A-D

Yoga Asana Series – Video 12: Tensegrity

Yoga Asana Series – Video 13: GUIDED PRACTICE: Sun Salutation A & B through Prasarita Padottanasana A-D with Modified Finishing Sequence

Yoga Asana Series – Video 14: Standing Postures – Parsvottanasana 

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