Raised Hand To Big Toe Variation

Utthia Hasta Padngusthasana VariationRaised Hand To Big Toe Variation - Raised Hand To Big Toe Variation

  • Stand with the feet together and the arms beside the body.
  • Find a point in front of the body to fix the gaze.
  • Bend right knee towards the chest and take a hold of the right big toe with right hand.
  • Straighten the right leg in front of the body and once straight slowly pull it up closer to the torso.
  • Raise the left arm to the side for balance.
  • Place the left hand in jnana mudra, by curling the index finger to the base of the left thumb.
  • Once balanced take the outstretched leg to the side.
  • Hold the position for as long as comfortable then bend the knee, release the toe and lower the foot to the floor.
  • Relax the arms and then repeat to the other side.
  • Practice up to 3 rounds.


  • Inhale while taking a hold of the big toe.
  • Exhale while straightening the leg and taking it to the side.
  • Breathe naturally in the balance.
  • Exhale while lowering the leg.



  • Back conditions.
  • Sciatica.
  • Hip conditions.


  • Improves the sense of balance.
  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves and thighs.
  • Strengthens the hips, thighs, knees and ankles.
  • Develops concentration and focus.
  • Calms and balances the mind.

Practice note

  • In this pose the knee can easily rotate inward. To prevent this consciously rotate the thigh outwardly and turn the knee so the kneecap faces straight ahead.