Many of us realize our dreams during childhood. Mine was to become an Olympic gymnast. As a little girl I would do cartwheels and handstands all over the house. I begged my parents to enroll me in gymnastics classes but at the time they could not afford it. Over time, I stopped doing gymnastics and my passion for it fell to the wayside although I was still very passionate about health and fitness.
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana or the Extended Big Toe Pose is an advanced variation of the Big Toe Pose that promotes strength and stability of posture and the mind. This pose requires a great deal of focus and rhythmic breathing while maintaining engagement of the middle and lower body muscles.
Utthita Parsvakonasana or the Extended Side Angle pose is an excellent torso stretch pose. When properly positioned, you should find your upper arm, spine, and back leg forming one continuous diagonal line from your feet to your finger tips.