January Pose of the Month ~ Supta Padangusthasana ~ Reclining Big Toe Pose

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 Supta Padangusthasana ~ Reclining Big Toe Pose

This is a wonderful stretch for the hamstrings where as you are getting full support of the ground beneath you to feel safe and secure as you deepen your hamstring stretch.

  • Begin lying flat on your mat. Take a moment to embrace the steadiness of the earth holding you, supporting you and enveloping you.
  • Bring your right knee into your chest with the option of grabbing your right big toe with your “peace sign” fingers. Full extention of the leg is the full expression of the pose, but not necessary.  With that in mind, practicing mindfulness and moving in a way that serves your body and mind rather than cause conflict is truly the practice of yoga. So stay present and explore the possibilty of extending your leg with ease and grace.
  • Place your left hand on your upper right thigh to assist in keeping the left hip planted into the ground.
  • Flex your left foot as the left leg is active.
  • With an exhalation, bring your chest towards your shin while keeping your legs straight and strong.  If your option is the knee in, hold on to upper right shin or beneath the right knee and raise your chest towards your thigh.
  • Hold for 5-8 breaths and slowly and mindfully shift sides.
  • Notiticing how you feel and being with the whole experience of Supta Padangusthasana

Enjoy every moment and every breath!

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