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Have you ever heard a yoga teacher talk about the “yoga grip?” This super simple yoga hands position refers to gripping your big toe with your middle and index fingers.

 

What Is the Yogi Grip? Doing Yoga Hands Correctly

What Is the Yogi Grip? Doing Yoga Hands Correctly

The yogi grip helps you hold select yoga poses with grace and balance. Common yoga poses that use the yogi grip include:

  • hand to foot pose or standing forward bend (padahastasana)
  • full bow pose (poorna dhanurasana)
  • raised hand to big toe pose (utthita hasta padangusthasana)

How To Do the Yogi Grip – Time for Yoga Hands

Have you ever heard a yoga teacher refer to the “yogi grip”? This super simple yoga hands position refers to gripping your big toe with your middle and index fingers.

Time for yoga hands — Here’s how to do the Yogi Grip, look at the photo to guide you:

a)  Bend your ring and pinky fingers, so your fingertips touch your palm

b)  Fold your thumb gently over your ring and pinky fingers.

c)  Extend your index and middle fingers; they should be touching.

d)  Place your extended fingers between your big and second toe so the third pad of your fingers touches the inside of your big toe.

e)  Wrap your extended fingers around –  or you might say underneath — your big toe.

f)  Squeeze gently, and tenderly tug at your toe if you must, but if you have the strength for the pose, you shouldn’t have to pull too much.