Supta Padangusthasana

Definition - What does Supta Padangusthasana mean?

Supta padangusthasana is one of the Restorative yoga poses that is perfomed with a yoga strap, but may also be done without the use of props. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, supta, meaning "supine" or "reclining"; pada, meaning "foot"; angustha, meaning "big toe"; and asana, meaning "pose."

In this pose, the yogi lies down on the back with the right knee bent in close to the chest. The left leg remains outstretched on the ground. A yoga strap is brought around the right foot and held with both hands. Then the right leg straightens with the hold still on the strap until the leg is perpendicular to the ground. The pose is held for 60 seconds then repeated with the opposite leg.

Supta padangusthasana is also known as reclining hand-to-big toe pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Supta Padangusthasana

Supta padangusthasana is an excellent pose that improves flexibility by stretching the entire length of the legs. The stretch increases as the raised leg is brought closer to the face while remaining straight.

This pose promotes mental health by increasing awareness, calming the mind and developing patience. It also helps in treating conditions including indigestion, back pain, sciatic problems, high blood pressure and menstrual discomfort.

Supta padangusthasana stimulates the muladhara (root) chakra. The muladhara helps one to stay connected. It is also associated with abundance, passion and family.

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