Reclining Big Toe Pose

Supta Padangusthasana

What is Reclining Big Toe Pose?

Reclining big toe pose, or supta padangusthasana in Sanskrit, is a supine pose used to increase flexibility. From a supine position, the yogi grasps the toes of one foot and gradually straightens the leg, eventually drawing the knee to the nose.


  • Lie on the back.
  • Inhale and lift the right foot from the floor.
  • Grasp the right big toe with the right thumb and index finger.
  • Gradually straighten the right leg with an exhale.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Those with limited flexibility should wrap a strap over the sole of the extended foot

Benefits of Reclining Big Toe Pose

  • Stretches the hamstrings
  • Strengthens the spine
  • Relieves sciatica
  • Improves circulation to legs and hips

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

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