Padangusthasana (hand to big toe pose)
The name Padangusthasana is derived from the Sanskrit pada which means foot, angustha which means thumb, and asana which means pose. It is also known as the big toe pose in English.
Avoid bending your knees when trying to reach your toes. If you are unable to reach the toes when you have bent completely consider using a strap attached to the arch of the feet and hold on to that instead.
It is important to maintain proper form even when you are unable to completely get your forehead to the knees. With the proper form your hamstrings will be stretched to the best levels and the calves too and as flexibility increases, you can now bend even further.
The Benefits Of The Padangusthasana
These are some amazing benefits of practicing this asana.
It calms the brain and relieves anxiety, stress, and mild depression.
The liver and kidneys are activated.
The calves and hamstrings get a good stretch.
The thighs become strong.
The digestive system and the reproductive system are stimulated.
Digestion is improved.
Menopause and menstrual disorders are reduced.
Headaches and insomnia are relieved.
The Sanskrit name ‘Padahastasana’ is derived from 3 words.
Pada = Foot
Hasta = Hand
Asana = Posture
‘PADAHASTASANA’ widely known as ‘Hand Under Foot Pose’ is an intense forward bend and falls under the category of inverted yoga postures.
It has great health effects on the body. Practicing Padahastasana strengthens the knees and thighs. It gives a deep stretch to hamstrings, calves, back of thighs and lower back.
Padahastasana (Hand under foot pose) Benefits
Eliminates stress, anxiety and fatigue by energizing the body.
Padahastasana improves balance, posture and flexibility.
Improves blood circulation especially in the upper part of the body.
Beneficial for those who suffer from problems relevant to throat and nasal.
Tones and energizes spinal muscles and nerves.
Increases concentration and speeds up metabolism.
Beneficial for those who suffer from gastric problem, abdominal bloating and indigestion.
Digestive organs are toned by practicing this asana, leading to well functioning of spleen and liver.