Once the mind is balanced and calm that state of inner calm is expressed through body in ease and flow through movement. In the balancing postures of the Ashtanga Yoga method both the physical limits of your muscular capacity and the mental limits of your sense of balance are challenged. The only way to truly find balance is to remain calm, focus on the breath and orient your mind completely into the present moment.
Utthita Hasta Padgangusthasa (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose) is about staying connected to the foundation of ease and equanimity that is always within us while we work with the deep strength of our core, the flexibility of our periphery, and the openness of our hearts. And in being aware of all of these processes, to experience the feelings of solidity and expansion that constantly emanate from a center of balance.