The Sanskrit name Padangushtasana translates, in English, as the Big Toe pose .This asana originated as a balancing pose.


  • Stand in a comfortable position with your body equally balanced on both legs .Hands should be on either side of your body
  • Take a few deep breaths (Deep inhalation and complete Exhalation)
  • As you inhale, lift your left leg and bring the top of the left foot toward your right hip (Half Lotus Tree Pose).
  • Take several deep breaths here to balance your body.
  • Exhale as you bend your right knee anchoring your left foot on your right thigh.
  • Inhale. Take a squatting position and slowly lift your right heel so you are up on the ball of the foot.
  • Be sure the heel of your right foot is centered under your body.
  • If required support yourself with your fingertips on the floor in front of you. Engage your core muscles and, once you find your balance, lift your hands off the floor.
  • Bring both hands to a Namaskara (prayer) position in front of your chest region. Try to maintain the pose for a count of five deep breaths.
  • Now release with slow, controlled movement. Inhale as you rise back to (half Lotus tree pose).
  • Breathe here for a moment and shake out both legs
  • Repeat the same with the other leg.
  • Don’t forget to concentrate on your breath for better result.


  • Improves core strength
  • Improves balancing
  • Alleviate joint pain especially in the Knee
  • This posture opens hip as well as strengthens the feet
  • Helps in improving concentration and confidence


  • If u have certain conditions like injuries to your feet, hips, legs, knees, pelvis or ankles or have undergone recent surgery, please do consult a doctor before the practice.
  • Those who have knee problem are advised not to try it
  • Those who have issues with blood pressure ,kindly skip the pose
  • Those who experience dizziness, light headedness or have balancing problems are advised to avoid this pose.

Safety Measures

  • Spread a Yoga mat on the floor like any other yoga pose for proper grip
  • Wear loose attire which is comfortable
  • Practice in a spacious area where you don’t get injured if u loose the balance
  • Avoid wearing hard jewelry like anklets watch etc.
  • Try this asana once you master the Tree Pose.
  • Do not forget to breathe deeply.
  • Try to keep your feet as close in line with your centre.
  • Do proper warm up before the practice.
  • Please try this posture carefully.

Aishwarya Arangil
Yoga Therapist & instructor
The Choice School



Scroll to Top