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

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

Lie down on your back. Point kneecap and toes on your left leg upward, as you stretch your right leg out to the side. Use a belt if necessary. Change sides.

What is Supta Padangusthasana 2?

A supine leg and hip extension. It is best to do this second variation after working first in Supta Padangusthasana 1. The side extension of the leg brings even greater emphasis to the stationary leg which must remain grounded and unaffected by the extension of the other moving leg.

When to use Supta Padangusthasana 2?

This variation, while continuing to work the hamstrings, comes deeper into the hips and groins. The broadening of the pelvis assists in sciatica and lower back problems. Having to keep your body stable while extending one leg outward also helps you work on your core and abdominal strength as you have to keep your middle from twisting outward. With support, this variation is also good for menstrual cramps and backache.

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