Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand to Toe) – 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” = 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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