Benefits of this pose:
- Strengthens your standing leg
- Stretches the hamstrings and IT Band of your lifted leg
- Opens your chest
- Builds focus and stamina
How to do Standing Revolved Hand to Foot Pose (Dancing Shiva):
Begin in mountain pose, feet hip-width apart, stand strong in your legs, chest broad, gaze forward. Feel all four corners of both feet rooting into the mat.
Now focus your gaze on an object a few feet in front of you. Shift your weight into your left foot, draw your right knee up in toward your chest and, with both hands, hug your right knee as close to your chest as possible.
With your left hand, reach over your right leg, and over the top of your foot for the outer edge of your right foot. Once you make contact, press hand into foot and foot into hand, and with this leverage begin to straighten your right leg any amount. Your right hand can be on your right hip for now.
Keep your standing leg strong and straight. While the lifted leg can always be bent, it’s important to keep your standing, foundational leg straight. Extend your right arm straight behind you and revolve your torso open so your navel begins to move toward your right hip.
Take a few deep breaths as you stand here in your own power, relying on the strength and openness of your own body to hold you safely and proudly in this strong, dynamic pose. Before embarking on the other side, stand proudly in mountain pose for a few breaths and feel gratitude for your body’s ability to hold you strongly and gracefully in this pose and in this life.
Tip: If you’re finding balance a bit difficult, take this same posture at the wall, standing with the wall close to your right side and your right hand on the wall.