21
Dec
2014
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Padangusthasana: Big Toe Pose

This standing forward fold is one of the basic standing postures in the Ashtanga Primary series. It stretches the back of the legs (more specifically the hamstrings and calves), while strengthening the thighs.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

- Stimulates liver and kidneys
- Improves digestion
- Relieves headaches
- Helps relieve menstrual cramps
- Helps relieve menopause symptoms

MENTAL BENEFITS:

- Relieves stress
- Relieves mild anxiety
- Calms the mind

AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:

- a heavy cold
- diarrhea
- back injuries
- neck pain
- lower back pain
- sacrum displacement

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS GO TO:

http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/big-toe-pose/

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