Tiptoe pose, or padangusthasana, is a great beginner-level pose, but I also use it in classes as a transition between floor and standing poses.
The more advanced version on one foot has been popularized in Bikram’s hot flow, but this is a fine starter position that has many of the same benefits. It’s challenging enough to be interesting when you insert it into any sequence.
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asana name = padangusthasana
- pada = foot
- angustha = limb of the
- asana = seat
- Strengthens toes, ankle, knees and thighs.
- Can help those with flat feet.
- Improves balance and mental focus.
- Eka padangusthasana variation (resting perineum on one heel and crossing the other ankle on top of other thigh near knee—build up to this version) stimulates kundalini and activates the root, muladhara chakra.
- Pain in the knee or ankle
preparations and modifications
- Rest fingertips on floor or block beside you.
- Set up near a wall or bench and place hand on surface to assist balance.
- A pose of simplicity and humility, balance is a delicate dance. When the mind and eyes wander, you lose your way and fall on your ‘okole.’ 🙂
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