Reclined Big Toe Pose A or Supta Padangusthasana A in Sanskrit (‘supta’ = ‘supine or recline’, ‘pada’ = ‘foot’, ‘angustha’ = ‘big toe’ and ‘asana’ = ‘ posture’) is a simple pose, that is practiced while lying down on the back bringing in one leg raised up at 90-degrees while the other leg remains stretched out on the floor. The raised leg is held at the big toes by the hand on the same side and the hand should be perpendicular to the floor in this practice, and hence the name Reclining Big Toe Pose. Its other names are Reclined Hand To Big Toe Pose or Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose.
This pose is beneficial for people who spend a lot of time sitting or standing, as it helps to release tension in the legs and lower back. It also helps to improve balance and stability, as well as to stretch the muscles around the knees and ankles.
In addition to the physical benefits, Supta Padangusthasana can also help to calm the mind and relieve stress. By focusing on your breath and body during the pose, you can cultivate a sense of inner peace and relaxation.
In general, Supta Padangusthasana is a great pose for improving core muscle strength, bringing in fresh blood towards the hips and thus also improving flexibility at the hips and lower back. Supta Padangusthasana A is considered a base pose as Supta Padangusthasana a variations can be derived from this pose.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches hips, thighs, hamstrings, groins, and calves
Strengthens the knees
Stimulates the prostate gland
Relieves backache, sciatica, and menstrual discomfort
Therapeutic for high blood pressure, flat feet, and infertility
High blood pressure: Raise your head and neck on a folded blanket.
Photo poses in different angles
Modifications & Variations
- Reclined Big Toe Pose A In A Chair
- Reclined Big Toe Pose A wWth A Strap
- Reclined Big Toe Pose A One Leg Aerial
- Revolved Reclined Big Toe Pose Strap
- Reclined Hand To Big Toe Pose Variation: One Leg Bent
Top Preparatory Poses
Top Follow-Up Poses
- Reclined Big Toe Pose B
- Revolved Reclined Big Toe Pose
- Reclined Big Toe Pose A Variation Nose To Leg
- Knees-to-Chest Pose
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