Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose): Steps, benefits, and precautions

A simple basic pose that relaxes the body and brain of people; Padangushtasana helps to open two of the seven chakras of the body.The first is the ‘Ajna’ (third eye) chakra, which is associated with wisdom and intellect and the second is the ‘Svadhishthana’ (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is linked to emotions and subconscious mind.

Regular practice of this asana not only helps improve the flexibility and strength of your hamstrings and legs but also helps you get rid of negative thoughts and feelings, which promotes well-being.

If you also want to complete this asana, read on to know a step by step guide to do.

This article gives you the right way of Padangusthasana, the health benefits of Padangusthasana and the precautions to be taken while practicing it.

A Girl doing a Padangusthasana. It is also called the Big toe pose.

Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose) steps: The right way to do Big Toe Pose

1)- Firstly, stand straight with your hands on your side and feet apart with a minimum gap of 6 inches.
2)- Inhale, pull your hands over your head and while exhaling, slowly bend your torso towards your feet.
3)- Now, try to touch your feet and hold your toes with your fingers.
4)- Stay in this position for 60 seconds.
5)- While breathing, raise your upper body.
6)- Make sure your elbows are not bent and your legs are straight.
7)- Bend again as you exhale.
8)- Repeat the above steps 7-8 times daily.

Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose) benefits

  • Padangusthasana releases excessive gas and burns fat from the stomach area.
  • It improves the functioning of your liver and spleen and helps to overcome eating disorders.
  • It stretches your hamstrings, knees, feet, arms and relieves muscle pain.
  • Promotes metabolism and helps in the management of high blood pressure, insomnia, and headaches.
  • This asana increases blood flow and increases concentration.
  • It also improves flexibility and makes all the muscles in your body strong.

Precautions to take before doing Big Toe Pose

  • In Padangusthasana, the spine is the most dilated. Therefore, people with back injury or back pain should avoid practicing it.
  • If you have recently had an operation or surgery, do not do this asana.
  • Although this pose seems easy, it is not recommended by pregnant women.

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