Supta Padangusthasana – Reclined Big Toe Pose
What is Supta Padangusthasana – Reclined Big Toe Pose?
In Sanskrit ‘Supta’ means ‘Reclined’, ‘Pada’ means ‘foot’ , ‘angustha’ means ‘big toe’ and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’.
Supta Padangusthasana Steps
1. Lie on your back with your legs outstretched.
2. Bend the right knee and hug it into your chest.
3. Place a yoga strap around the ball of the right foot. Hold the ends of the strap with both the hands.
4. Straighten the right leg up towards the ceiling while holding tightly to the strap.
5. Stretch the right leg upwards with the foot flexed, but keep the ball of the hip joint resting in the socket and both sides of your bottom equally pressing into the floor.
6. Keep the left foot flexed and the left leg pressing towards the floor.
7. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.
Supta Padangusthasana Benefits
1. It stretches the calves, hamstrings, hips, thighs and groin.
2. It increases the strength of the knees.
3. It helps in stimulation of the prostate gland.
4. It relieves the pain occurring from sciatica.
5. It improves digestion.
6. Inferility can be helped by practising this pose.
7. Menstrual discomfort and backache can also be managed.
Supta Padangusthasana Dos and Don’ts
If you suffer from migraine, diarrhoea, asthma, bronchitis, stress related headache and eye strain then don’t perform this asana.