Flying Lizard Pose

Utthan Pristhasana

What is Flying Lizard Pose?

Flying lizard pose is a variation of lizard pose, or utthan pristhasana. In this arm balance, the front leg is wrapped around the arm while the back leg is lifted from the ground.


  • Begin in downward-facing dog pose. Step your right foot forward with an exhale, then move your right arm behind your leg. Place your palm on the floor outside of your right foot.
  • Inhale and lift the back foot off the floor.
  • Find your balance, shift forward, and lift your right foot off the floor with an exhale.
  • Breathe while in the pose.


  • Avoid if you have a wrist injury.

Benefits of Flying Lizard Pose

  • Increases body awareness
  • Improves balance
  • Opens the hips
  • Strengthens the core

Flying Lizard Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Utthan Pristhasana
Pronunciation: oo-tahn prish-TAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Balancing, Binds, Core, Hip Openers

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