Reclining Big Toe Pose - Supta Padangusthasana
About Reclining Big Toe Pose
The reclining big toe pose is classified as a restorative yoga asana. This pose lays emphasis on the spine and is a great posture for alleviating back pain, especially lower back pain caused by flat low back posture. The reclining big toe pose must be preceded by a few preparatory poses to warm up the muscles and prepare them for the stretching that is to follow as you perform the reclining big toe pose. You can perform the adho mukha svanasana, baddha konasana and uttanasana as preparatory poses for the reclining big toe position.
Step By Step Instructions
Spread out your mat in your favorite yoga spot and follow these simple guidelines for the reclining big toe pose sequence!
- Lie down on your back on the mat. Keep your legs extended straight out in front of you.
- Bend your right knee and bring it up against your chest. Use a yoga strap and sling it across the ball of the right foot. Hold on to each side of the yoga strap.
- Now slowly raise the right leg up towards the ceiling, all the while holding on to the yoga strap.
- The movement should be limited to only your right leg and foot. Your buttocks and the rest of the body should be kept in place.
- Maintain the reclining big toe posture for at least 5 to 10 minutes. To exit the pose bend your right knee and bring it down to your chest. Bend your left knee and bring it up against your chest and repeat the entire sequence with the left leg.
The reclining big toe pose has myriad health benefits!
- Acts as a stimulant fir the prostate gland.
- Therapeutic for sciatica, backache, high blood pressure, flat feet, menstrual discomfort and infertility.
- Stretches and strengthens the knees, hips, calves, thighs, hamstrings and groin.
- Enhances the digestive functioning of the body.
Things to Remember!
Individuals suffering from headache, diarrhea and high blood pressure should refrain from attempting the reclining big toe pose.