Now that you've started to master your sense of balance, it's time to challenge this new found skill to the next level. As a reminder, finding your center of gravity and sense of balance can be done by concentrating your gaze on an object several feet in front of you. Allowing your eyes to rest on a stationary object at a comfortable distance will serve to assist you in achieving a solid balance. Before you begin this pose, practice finding your balance several times. This skill will be very important when attempting the Hand to Foot Pose.
First, begin in a standing position. Slowly lift your right knee up towards your heart. Next, take your right hand and reach towards your right foot (now raised). Once your right foot has been grasped by your right hand, extend your leg outwards, straightening your knee. If your hamstrings are tight and you are unable to extend your leg and straighten your knee, you may need to use a strap. If this is so, wrap the strap around the arch of your foot and hold the ends in your hand, extending your leg outwards. Your goal will be to eventually complete the pose without the assistance of the strap, but depending on your hamstring's tightness, you may need to put some work into it.
As you stand with your leg out to the side, breathe deeply and continuously. Keep your leg extended for 30-40 seconds if you are able, and then slowly release your leg to the ground. Take a break in standing position as you ready yourself to enter the pose once more. When you are ready, try the pose again, this time with your left hand and left leg.
You may notice that this pose is easier to accomplish on one side of your body than the other-- this is completely normal and is usually the case in yoga. Bodies are not completely symmetrical and muscles vary in tightness and strength. Be aware of these differences but strive to equalize them over time.