Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

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Here are helpful cues to practice Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose correctly and safely

  1. The restorative version is best practiced with the non-aerial foot at the wall so that the non-aerial leg can be stabilized without too much effort
  2. Begin in a Supine Tadasana with the feet at the wall and a bolster to the outside fo the right hip
  3. Press the big toe mounds into the wall to encourage the neutrality of the legs
  4. Take a strap with a small loop and place the loop around the ball of the right foot
  5. Press the right foot to the ceiling while using the wall to gently resist the movement with the left leg
  6. Manually descend the right hip down and in towards the left foot in order to bring symmetry back to the torso
  7. Hold for anywhere from a few breaths to a couple of minutes, then thread the long part of the strap behind the neck from right to left
  8. Hold the end of the strap with the left hand and straighten the left arm out to the left, palm up, to make the strap taut
  9. Take an inhale then open the right leg out to the side for Supta Padangustasana 2
  10. Use the bolster beneath the right outer thigh and left hand on the strap to control the opening so that the stretch of the inner thigh is neither sudden nor intense
  11. Keep using the left foot at the wall to gently maintain the resistance of the left thigh
  12. Hold for anywhere from a few breaths to a couple of minutes, then, use an exhale to recommit to the rootedness of the left thigh and on an inhale bring the right leg back to center
  13. Release and repeat on the other side

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