Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand to Toe) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand to Toe / Reclined Big Toe)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Supta Padangusthasana


“supta” = reclining

“pada” = foot

“angusta” = big toe

Reclined Hand to Toe

Also known as: Reclined Big Toe

Heart of Pose

  • Forward Bend
  • Hip & Leg Stretch


  • Baxter Bell, MD advises that those with sciatic issues avoid the leg out to side version.
  • Known for relieving low back pain.
  • Good pose for times when seated and standing forward bends put low back at risk—such as for students with tight hamstrings or back issues such as disk injury.
  • Considered a preliminary pose for seated postures and advanced poses.
  • Can provide hip opening and hamstring stretch in preparation for seated forward bends.
  • See also Asana Categories: Forward Bends

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