Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

The lush jungle that surrounded the ashram was such a peaceful environment to do yoga in. In the mornings, while meditating after the pranayama, I could hear the animals outside the hall, making such a surreal sounds! There was a bird who sounded like a car alarm : Bip-Bip-Bip-Bip and other ones making sounds that I never heard before. So cute! The monkeys were of course awake, chatting to each other…

This is Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, raised hand to big toe pose. This pose improves concentration and coordinates muscular and nervous balance. The hips and leg muscles are strengthened and toned and the hamstrings are stretched, helping the knee and ankle joints.

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