Yogi Toe Lock

Definition - What does Yogi Toe Lock mean?

The yogi toe lock is a way of holding on to the big toe during a yoga pose. To practice the yogi toe lock, you reach between the big toe and the second toe with your first two fingers and wrap them under the toe. The thumb is then placed on top of the toe.

This simple, but secure, hold of the big toe is commonly used in yoga poses that promote a deep hamstring stretch. When using the yogi toe lock, the leg should remain straight (no bend at the knee), and the arm may be extended or bent, depending on the pose and the yogi's flexibility.

Yogapedia explains Yogi Toe Lock

The yogi toe lock is used in the following yoga asanas:

  • Utthita hasta padangustasana (extended hand to toe pose) is a balancing pose in which one leg is extended to the side with the fingers grasping the big toe in yogi toe lock. This asana is sometimes also called standing yogi toe-lock.
  • Supta padangusthasana (reclining hand to toe pose) is the supine version of utthita hasta padagustasana.
  • Uttanasana (standing forward bend) can also use the yogi toe lock if the yogi can easily reach their toes.
  • Parivrtta janu sirsansa (revolved head to knee pose) and other similar seated postures in which at least one leg is extended may use the yogi toe lock.

The yogi toe lock can also be practiced with just the middle finger wrapped around and underneath the big toe.

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