Double Big Toe Pose

Ubhaya padangusthasana

What is Double Big Toe Pose?

Double big toe pose, or ubhaya padangusthasana in Sanskrit, is a challenging seated posture. Similar to boat pose, here the yogi holds the big toes, lifting the legs even higher. The pose is excellent for strengthening the core.


  • Begin sitting with the knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
  • Inhale and lift the legs, balancing on the sitz bones.
  • Grasp the big toes with the first three fingers and extend the legs straight and upward, finding balance on the buttocks without rounding the spine.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and release.


  • Keep the legs bent if the spine is rounding when the legs are straight.

Benefits of Double Big Toe Pose

  • Strengthens the core
  • Stretches the spine, hamstrings, chest and shoulders
  • Improves balance
  • Improves mental focus

Double Big Toe Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Ubhaya padangusthasana
Pronunciation: oo-bhai-yah PAH-DAHN-goosh-TAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Padayoragre (Tip of the toes)
Pose Type: Balancing, Core, Seated Poses, Strength

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