Padangushthasan Padangushthasan(Big Toe Pose) : : Benefits, Method, Precautions, Modifications

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Padangushthasan         
Big Toe Pose

As the years pass by, our health is deteriorating. The death age has declined to 60-70years from 90-100years. What could be the reason behind that?  Is it the environmental condition that needs to be blamed? I think the answer is still unknown. Environmental factors indeed are one of the reasons behind that.
We cannot change the environment all by ourselves but we can bring some changes in us by practicing yoga. Yoga was being practiced for years now and it is the only way to live a healthy and long life. Yoga can enhance our health and help us to live long. But in today’s world, it becomes very difficult to practice all the yoga postures daily. We can hence select a few of them that will enhance the overall health of an individual. one such pose is Padangushthasan.
Padangushthasan is a stretching exercise. Its name was derived from the Sanskrit language. Pada means foot, Angushth means big toe, Asana means pose.
Hence, Padangushthasan is known as the big toe pose. The name was derived from the posture that the practitioner makes while practicing this posture. Padangushthasan is an important hand-foot yogic asan. This asan individually stretches our body. It increases flexibility and improves the overall health of our body. Though this is such a difficult pose to practice, it has many hidden benefits. This is not an easy pose to perform but it has therapeutic benefits.  It gives adequate stretch to your hamstrings, shoulders, neck, back, hips, calves, and ankles. It is beneficial in reducing fat, back pain, shoulder, and knee pain.
Benefits:
This yoga posture can be practiced by beginners. Though this is an easy pose but is very effective. It helps an individual in reducing back pain. This pose is very effective in improving the overall health of the internal organs. Practicing this pose can result in improving the health of the reproductive organs. This pose is considered as the post-pregnancy asana as it ensures to tighten the abdomen muscles and fasten the process of the abdomen to get back to its original shape.

Technique:
To practice any of the postures it is very important to follow a proper technique to avoid any kind of injury. The correct technique enhances the benefits and restricts any kind of mishappenings. So it is very important to learn the right technique including your breathing pattern before practicing the posture.
Step 1: Stand straight in tadasana. Keep your hands, legs, and back straight.
Step 2:  your feet should be at hip distance apart to stabilize the pose.
Step 3: inhale and raise your arms and exhale deeply.
Step 4: come down to the feet and place your hands beside your feet.
Step 5: keep your head down and close to the knees.
Step 6: bend your torso completely straight.
Step 7: stay in the pose as long as you can.
Step 8: Relax and get back to the initial position.
Precautions:
Taking proper precautions before practicing a posture is essential. You have to read precautions before the posture as it will reduce the chances of getting injured. Practicing the pose with wrong techniques and without precautions might cause a severe injury and can injure you for a lifetime. The following precautions can be taken to practice Padangushthasan. Props and modification:
This pose can be practiced by any age group but sometimes it is difficult for people with different body types and different issues to practice the same posture with the same technique. So, we modify the pose or use props to practice the posture without hurting ourselves.