Standing Yoga Big Toe Pose - Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
About Standing Big Toe Pose
The standing big toe pose is a relatively challenging asana which focuses on simultaneous stretching and balancing. Since it is an intermediate pose, it must be performed with special caution and care. The yoga beginner poses must be mastered before intermediate poses such as the standing yoga big toe pose are attempted. This pose requires a deep hamstring stretch and can result in muscle strain or cramping if the body is not used to such movement. The basic beginner poses are designed to prepare the body for more demanding and challenging poses such as the standing big toe pose. Perform a few leg stretches and lunges to warm up the leg muscles.
Step By Step Instructions
Once your warm up is complete, focus on your deep breathing and begin performing the standing yoga big toe pose sequence.
- Position yourself in the yoga mountain pose.
- Shift your body weight onto your right leg as you bend your left knee and lift the left foot off the mat.
- Use your left hand to grip your left big toe by sliding the first two fingers under your big toe and pressing your thumb on top of the toe.
- Extend your left leg outwards. Grip your toe firmly as you straighten your left leg as much as you possibly can.
- As you maintain the stretch, keep your back straight and hips angled towards the front of the room.
- Maintain the big toe pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute or longer if you are able to do so.
- Exit the pose, and repeat the sequence using the right leg.
Health Benefits of Standing Yoga Big Toe Pose
The standing big toe pose has numerous benefits. Let’s find out all about them!
- Stretches and strengthens the leg and calf muscles.
- Stretches the hamstrings.
- Enhances the body’s sense of balance.
- Improves mental focus and concentration.
- Stimulates the abdominal organs.
- Can alleviate gastric issues.
Things to Remember!
Initially you may find it difficult to straighten your leg. You may use a yoga strap to help you with the leg stretch. Individuals with leg injuries or strains should refrain from performing the standing yoga big toe pose. Alternatively they could attempt it under the supervision of a qualified yoga instructor.