There are a number of benefits associated with big toe pose. In addition to calming the mind, it strengthens the knees and improves flexibility. As a mild inversion, it encourages blood to flow back to the head and upper body, refreshing the brain.
This posture stimulates vital organs like the liver and kidneys. It can also help improve digestion, and stretches the calves and hamstrings. Big toe pose even relieves headaches and insomnia, and women can practice it to lessen the symptoms of menopause.
Beginners and those with limited flexibility may use a yoga strap until they can reach the toes. More advanced practitioners can rest the forehead on the shins.