Definition - What does Tiptoe Pose mean?
Tiptoe pose is a toe balancing posture that improves both strength and flexibility in the lower body.
From a squatting posture, balancing on the balls of the feet with the heels lifted, the left heel is taken directly under the perineum. The right foot is lifted and placed in lotus position on top of the left thigh with the sole of the foot facing up. Then the palms can be brought together into prayer position in front of the chest. The posture is then repeated on the other side.
Tiptoe pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, prapadasana.
Yogapedia explains Tiptoe Pose
Tiptoe pose primarily builds lower body strength and flexibility. It is considered an intermediate pose due to the challenge of balancing on one toe, and the openness it requires in the hips.Additional benefits of tiptoe pose include:
- Improves balance
- Develops core stability and strength
- Opens the hips
- Keeps the reproductive system healthy
Tiptoe pose can be modified by placing the hands on the floor or on yoga blocks for support. Tiptoe pose can also be made more challenging by lifting the top leg straight in front of the body, straightening the knee as much as possible and holding the big toe to maintain the extension and balance.