Reclining big toe pose

Reclining Big Toe Pose

Reclining big toe pose or Supta padangusthasna is a beginner’s pose. However, it takes several practices to get into the stretch. Precautions should be considered – while performing this pose your back and tail bone should be on the floor. Do not stretch the knee, keep a slight bent in the knee. Rest your one arm on opposite leg to hold the leg in position. Focus on the toes of the lifted leg. Pose is good for hamstring flexibility, hip joint, to strengthen hip flexors and glute. It reduces high blood pressure and sciatica pain. Improves metabolism and digestion – Healthy Live

LEVEL: Beginner

Anatomy :Glutes, Groin, Hamstrings, Knees

Pose Type :Hip Opener, Resting, Supine

Sanskrit :Supta Padangusthasana, (soop-TAH pad-an-goosh-TAHS-anah), supta = supine, reclined hasta = hand, pada = foot, angusta = big toe


  • Lengthens the hamstring of the extended leg
  • Stabilizes the hip joint of the grounded leg
  • Improves hamstring flexibility
  • Strengthens the quads and hip flexors of the extended leg; hamstrings and glute of the grounded leg
  • Relieves low back pain, sciatica, and high blood pressure
  • Stimulates the prostate gland and digestion


  • Hip pathologies
  • Limited hip range of motion
  • Low back pathologies (avoid rounding)
  • Ankle, knee, or shoulder injury
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache


  1. Gently recline onto your back.
  2. Inhale and lift your right knee toward your chest. Reach for the inside of your big toe only if you are able to maintain a neutral spine.
  3. Exhale and draw your left toes toward your shin to flex the foot. Squeeze your left knee down to the mat.
  4. As you inhale, extend your knee by engaging your quadriceps and pressing the heel upward. Allow your leg to lengthen toward the ceiling.
  5. Exhale and draw your shoulders down to ground into the mat.
  6. Hold this pose for 5-10 slow breaths.
  7. To exit, inhale and release the toe, but keep the leg extended. With an exhalation, release your arm and extended leg to the floor. Repeat on the opposite side.


  • Feel free to bend the knee of the resting leg. To support the lifted leg, place your hand behind the thigh as you extend your knee.
  • Wrap a strap or a towel around the base of the foot to extend the knee and lengthen the hamstrings.



  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
  • Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee pose)
  • Ardha Pavanamuktasana (Half Knees to Chest pose)
  • Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Big Toe pose)


  • Parivrtta Supta Padangusthasana (Revolved Reclining Big Toe pose)
  • Pavanamuktasana (Knees to Chest pose)


  1. Reach for the inside of the big toe with your first two fingers.
  2. Keep the sacrum grounded into your mat.
  3. Draw your knee toward your chest, reach for the inside of the big toe, and extend through the heel.
  4. On each inhalation, feel your chest lift and spine lengthen. On each exhalation, draw your leg closer to your torso.


  • Supta Padangusthasana B (Reclining Big Toe pose with leg opens to the side)


  • Pain/strain in the shoulders, knees, hips, or low spine
  • Upper or lower back lifting off the floor

Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: February 18, 2020

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