Utthita Hasta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana, also known as Extended Hand Big Toe Pose, requires a combination of strength, flexibility and balance. A diligent practice of the preceding standing poses is a great way to prepare for this complex pose. In this video, yoga master Sharath Jois gives several modifications to help you work toward the final form of this posture, and as balance improves, the posture will begin to take shape. Make sure to use full deep, even breathing to calm the mind in order to heighten your focus and bring awareness to the sole of the foot to aid in maintaining balance. The benefits of this posture include loosening of the hips, and strengthening the muscles in the lower abdomen, legs and around the spinal column. It is believed to relieve constipation and increase the circulation in the pelvic area.