Double Big Toe Pose

Definition - What does Double Big Toe Pose mean?

Double big toe pose is a seated balancing asana that builds balance while strengthening the core and back of the body.

To enter the pose, begin seated on a yoga mat in cobbler pose (baddha konasana). Grasp the big toes of each foot in a yogic toe lock. Engaging the core strongly, bring the legs together and extend them up to form a "V" shape with the upper body. Lift the chest toward the sky, extending the spine, and bring the drishti (gaze) to rest on the toes. Hold the pose for a cycle of five to 10 breaths. To come out of the pose, slowly bend the knees and lower the legs back down to the mat.

The Sanskrit name for this pose is ubhaya padangusthasana.

Yogapedia explains Double Big Toe Pose

Double big toe pose is a powerful asana for improving core strength and mastering balance. The challenge of keeping one's balance during this tippy-toe pose makes it a great pose for a practicing beginner's mind and cultivating a sense of humor about oneself. When approached with curiosity, it can be a fun and playful asana to help learn balance.

Additional benefits of double big toe pose include toning of the abdominal muscles, stretching of the spine and improving mental focus. It also calms the nervous system, stretches the hamstrings and opens the chest and shoulders.

Two good warmups for this pose are boat pose (navasana) and seated forward fold (paschimottanasana).

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