Asana 5- Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
Posted in Uncategorized March 2nd, 2008 by vera

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

You start this pose by holding your leg straight out to the front. Then you swing it to the side. I can’t really do this without some help. I loop a yoga belt around the raised foot and grab that. Even so, sometimes I fall over, in which case I stand by a wall. You can also do this one lying down, in which case it’s called Supta Hasta Padangusthasana.

Remember, hasta means hand.

ooh-tee-tah hah-stah pad-an-goose-tah-sah-nah

Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

Asana 2 – Urdhva Hastasana
Posted in Uncategorized February 4th, 2008 by vera

Veras Urdhva Hastasana

Breathe in, reach for the sky! Breathe out, feel your weight sink into the earth. This pose is such a great stretch! You can also clasp your hands, palms up, as in Virasana II.  Then this is called Urdhva Baddha Hastasana (Bound Hands Up Pose).

Three Sanskrit words already!

urdhva means up, baddha means bound, and hasta means hands.

erd-vah hah-stah-sah-nah

Hands Up Pose