Big Toe Pose


What is Big Toe Pose?

Big toe pose, or padangusthasana in Sanskrit, is a standing forward fold and an inversion. With the feet hip distance wide, the yogi bends at the waist to grab hold of their toes. The grip enables a deep forward fold and a great stretch for the legs and spine.


  • Begin standing with the feet hip distance wide.
  • Exhale and bend forward from the hips.
  • Grab hold of the big toes with the thumbs and first two fingers. Keep the legs straight.
  • With each exhalation, bring the head closer to the knees.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Bend the knees if you have back pain

Benefits of Big Toe Pose

  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves and spine
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Activates the liver and spleen
  • Relieves headaches
  • Calms the mind

Big Toe Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Padangusthasana
Pronunciation: PAH-DAHN-goos-TAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Forward Bends, Standing Poses

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