How to Achieve the Perfect Big Toe Pose
Padangusthasana or the Big Toe Pose is a strength building pose in the lower body.
(Close up view)
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress, anxiety and mild
- Stimulates the liver and kidneys
- Stretches the hamstrings and calves
- Strengthens the thighs Improves digestion
- In an upright standing pose, place your feet parallel and hip width apart
- Engage your quadriceps and lift your kneecaps (you do not need to use a block for this pose)
- Keep your legs straight (but not hyper extended)
- Exhale and bend forward from your hip joints moving your torso and head simultaneously
- Beginner variation: If you can't easily hold your toes with your knees straight, loop a yoga strap around the middle of each arch for a handhold, instead of bending your knees. If you have very long hamstrings, you can draw your forehead toward your shins. However, if your hamstrings are short, it is better to focus on keeping the front torso long.
Breaths: Hold for 5 to 10 breaths
- Hunching into a forward bend isn't safe for your lower back and does nothing to lengthen your hamstrings.