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The Big Toe Pose or Padangusthasana is an easy standing Yoga Pose that is a very good stretching pose for all muscles of the body – from head to toe. This pose is good for those who have a flat feet.
This pose stretches the spine and all muscles from head to toe and keeps blood pressure under check. Practicing this pose increases blood circulation to the brain and stretches the thigh muscles, hamstrings, calf muscles and the back, lower back and both the arms. This is one of the very few poses that increase muscle density and burn fat accumulated in them. Padangusthasana massages the liver and spleen and gives strength to the knees
This pose is said to balance the body and mind is ideal for women who are trying to conceive due to its stretching quality. Big Toe Pose improves concentration, memory and focus and can help prevent osteoporosis to a great extent. It calms down the practitioner and cures headache and insomnia, making the body more flexible at the same time. The Big Toe Pose helps relieve wind and rejuvenates tired muscles.
What you need: Room with fresh air (if you’re doing it inside, otherwise do it in open area), and you.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Initial Position: Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Drishti or Gaze: Forward
Relax in Corpse pose if you feel exerted.
Beginners can use straps to perform this pose initially. With practice, the use or need of the Yoga Prop can be decreased.
Do not perform this pose if you have: