Monday, November 25, 2019

Featured Video: Hilary Nihlen's Standing Hand to Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana) With a Wall

In this video, Hilary Nihlen demonstrates a variation of Standing Hand to Toe Pose using both a strap and a wall. This version makes the pose both more accessible as well as more comfortable.

Hilary tells us she likes this particular variation because:

"I like to use the wall as a prop because it offers resistance and stability and, most importantly, there's always one around! Straps give me access to things far away and again, offer me stability in poses. Here in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I am able to focus on my balance and strength, rather than overreaching and compromising ease and comfort."

Hilary Nihlen has been teaching yoga since she received her 200 hour certification in 2013. She will complete her 500 hour certification with Himalayan Institute this year. Hilary learned how to teach yoga to students with larger bodies with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes’ Yoga For All training and how to teach students with different physical abilities with the Accessible Yoga training. She believes that the teachings of yoga are available to everyone. Hilary has a master’s degree in art history and has worked in academia and art institutions. You can see more of her accessible yoga adventures on instagram at @hilaryyoga.

This post was edited by Nina Zolotow, Editor in Chief of the Accessible Yoga blog.

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