Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining leg foot and toe stretch yoga pose) – 7 Benefits

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What is Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining leg foot and toe stretch yoga pose)

In Sanskrit, supta means “lying down,” pada means “foot,” and angustha is the
big toe. Since the fingers do not reach the toe easily, a yoga belt is used. It is placed around the sole of one foot, and the resultant stretch to the legs increases flexibility in the pelvic area and improves blood circulation in the legs.

Benefits of Supta Padangusthasana

  1. Helps recovery from a heart diseases
  2. Removes stiffness in the lower back, and relieves backaches, by helping align the pelvic area
  3. Prevents hernia
  4. Helps treat osteoarthritis of the hip and the knees by stretching the hamstrings and calf muscles, and strengthening the knees
  5. Strengthens the hip joint and tones the lower spine
  6. Relieves sciatic pain
  7. Helps relieve menstrual discomfort such as cramps, heavy bleeding, or pain during menstruation

Contraindications and Cautions

Do not practice this asana if you have

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • migraines
  • stress related headaches
  • eye strain
  • diarrhea
  • if you have high blood pressure, place a folded blanket under your head and neck

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