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."

The pose begins with the yogi on his/her back and the legs extended on the mat. One knee is drawn into the chest and the big toe is grasped with the thumb and index finger of the corresponding hand. The leg is then straightened to the sky. A yoga strap may also be used to wrap around the foot of the upward-extended leg. The pose is then repeated on the opposite leg.

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

Yogapedia explains Supta Padangusthasana

Yogis who lack the flexibility to straighten the leg may wrap a yoga strap around the ball of the foot and hold the strap in the corresponding hand. Depending on the particular style of yoga, this pose may include guiding the leg to the side, stretching the groin and inner thigh muscles. 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. This pose is also believed to activate the svadisthana (sacral) chakra, which is the creative energy center and is associated with sexual energy. A balanced svadisthana protects the yogi against the fear of change while promoting emotional stability, joy, abundance and pleasure.

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