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Supta Padangusthasana I
(Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose)

How to perform Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

Press your back body into the floor, point the kneecap and toes of your supine leg toward the ceiling, as you extend the other leg up over your hip. Use a belt if needed.

What is Supta Padangusthasana 1?

A supine leg extension. The first variation, with the leg extended upward, can be included early in a class to open and lengthen the leg muscles before more strenuous poses. It may also be placed towards the end of the class as a way to release tight muscles or lower back.

The supine position supports the lower back and provides feedback to the back of the lower thigh and buttocks. It may also be used following a backbend sequence, with the leg raised at a 90 angle and drawing back into the pelvis to integrate the legs into the lower trunk.

When to use Supta Padangusthasana 1?

This asana is good for extending and lengthening the hamstrings and calf muscles whilst keeping the hips and torso stable. When practiced more passively with one foot planted into the wall, the pose can be held for longer periods of time and with less effort.

Video sequences that include this pose