Supta Padangusthasana B

Definition - What does Supta Padangusthasana B mean?

Supta padangusthasana B is an intermediate supine pose that provides a strong stretch for the inner thighs, groin and hamstrings. The name comes from the Sanskrit, supta, meaning “reclining”; pada, meaning “foot” or “toe”; angustha, meaning “big toe”; and asana, which translates as “pose” or “posture.”

This pose is typically practiced with a strap around the foot of the leg being stretched. In supta padangusthasana A, the yogi lies on the back and lifts the leg with the strap (corresponding hand holding the strap) until it points to the sky. To move into this second variation of the pose, the leg drops off to the side.

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

Yogapedia explains Supta Padangusthasana B

More advanced and flexible yogis practice the pose without the strap, wrapping the fingers around the big toe; hence, the English name of the asana.

In addition to its physical benefits, supta padangusthasana B teaches humility and patience and reduces stress. It is also believed to open the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with creative and sexual energy. By balancing svadisthana through practice of supta padangusthasana B, the yogi strengthens emotional stability. This chakra also promotes feelings of pleasure, abundance, joy and wellness, while combating depression and fear of change.

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