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.
- 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.
Yoga Therapist & instructor
The Choice School