SANSKRIT: Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (oo-tee-tah ha-sta pad-an-goosh-TAHS-anah)

DESCRIPTION: From Mountain (Tāḍāsana) pose, lift one foot. Bend forward and catch the toes with the fingers. Place the other hand on the hip to square the hip towards the front. Slowly straighten the knee and the torso and open the leg to one side. Use a strap if necessary. Gaze towards the front or opposite of the extended leg for balance.

BENEFITS: Opens the hips and groins. Stretches the hamstrings, IT bands and legs. Improves balance.