Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

Definition - What does Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose mean?

Reclining hand-to-big-toe pose is a supine yoga pose that greatly improves the practitioner's flexibility level.

For all but the most advanced practitioners, this pose is usually practiced with the assistance of a yoga strap. To enter this pose, the practitioner lies on the back with the legs fully stretched. The right leg is bent, bringing the knee to the chest so the yoga strap can be wrapped around the foot. Then the bound leg is extended straight up until it is perpendicular to the floor. To deepen the pose, the lifted leg can be tilted closer to the body.

This posture is then repeated on the other side. Those who practice this pose without a strap can grip the big toe of the active foot.

Reclining hand-to-big-toe pose is also called supta padangusthasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

Reclining hand-to-big-toe pose helps promote mental health by calming the mind and encouraging patience. Practicing this pose offers physical benefits as well, including:

  • Strengthens the spine
  • Stretches the legs
  • Promotes flexibility
  • Cures back pain
  • Effective for sciatic conditions
  • Strengthens the knees
  • Treats indigestion
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort
  • Relieves flat feet symptoms
  • Boosts performance of prostate gland
  • Treats infertility

Beginners should use a yoga strap to prevent new or worsening back injuries. Those with chronic back conditions, knee injury and/or shoulder pain should avoid practicing the pose.

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