Definition - What does Padangusthasana mean?

Padangusthasana is a standing forward fold in yoga. The name is derived from the Sanskrit pada, meaning "foot," angustha, meaning "big toe," and asana, meaning "pose."

This is a simple pose to perform. The practitioner bends over at the hips to grab the big toes while keeping the legs straight. The hamstrings may take time to loosen up, so the pose can be altered according to the skill level of the yogi.

Padangusthasana is also known in English as big toe pose.

Yogapedia explains Padangusthasana

Padangusthasana is a useful posture for balancing the mind and body, preparing for meditation. It is particularly useful for newcomers to yoga who are looking to get started gently and find immediate physical and spiritual benefits. This calming position helps blood to reach the brain more easily and helps improve concentration.

Padangusthasana opens two of the seven main chakras. The first is the ajna (third eye) chakra, which is linked to wisdom, intellect and intuition. The other is the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with emotions and the unconscious. This posture also helps channel prana into the lower parts of the body.

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