Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana) helps us find balance in those in-between places we can't always access, and have more faith in our riotous roots.
As we hover in the place between seasons, there’s still a chill in the air on most days. I'm impatiently yearning for the sight of green growth — grass, leaves, crocuses, daffodils. I'm restlessly awaiting the full transition to spring.
Waiting is often challenging and those spaces in-between are uncomfortable because they’re unclear and we’re impatient. We like certainty. We like clarity. And, ideally, we'd like to get there now — wherever there might be — a season, a destination, a goal.
Rumi said, “And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots down there are riotous.”
So this is the perfect time to practice a pose that challenges our balance but still grounds us to the earth. Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose grounds you physically through your standing leg, and energetically to the present moment. As you practice your balance you can refine what it is that you want — where you are now and where you want to be.
This asana invites us to find the balance between rest and growth. Take time to work with finding stability in this pose, and be willing to explore that off the mat in your life as well.