The reason why I initially got into yoga was because I needed some way to stretch and avoid injuries from running, without actually stretching. Through my journey in doing yoga, I have absolutely fallen in love with the practice. It has not only opened my shoulders, hips, and hammies, but also my mind. Yoga allows the body and mind to work together, become strong, and flow freely.
The extended hand-to-big-toe pose challenges your balance and flexibility. It is a great hip opener and helps you to find your center of gravity. I have found this pose to be extremely helpful in loosening up my hips, hamstrings, and calves from my running.
To come out of the pose, bend the right knee, and slowly lower the right leg to the ground, finding mountain pose. Repeat on the other side.
When I first began yoga, I never dreamed of accomplishing arm balances such as this one. The more I went to classes and practiced, it became a euphoric addiction to push myself to the next level and use my inner and outer strength to trust myself and come into poses like firefly. I learned, that with the right attitude and appropriate steps taught by my instructors, anything is possible... so, you can do it too! Try the below steps.
Photo Credits: Natalie Rich
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