Pada Angushthasana (Tiptoe Pose)

The word pada means ‘leg’ and angushtha means ‘toes’. In English it is usually called ‘the tiptoe pose’ which is probably better than its Sanskrit name.

This asana looks quite easy but it is actually quite difficult to perform. Try it and you will find out. It requires a veiy good sense of balance.

Technique

Take a squatting position.

Raise your heels and balance on tiptoe.

Lower the heels slightly to make the thighs horizontal.

Adjust the heels of one foot so that it presses into the area of the perineum.

Carefully place the other foot on the thigh of the opposite leg.

If you find your balance, place the two palms together in front of the chest.

Stay in the final pose for as long as you can comfortably maintain balance.

Then place the raised foot back on the floor again.

After a short period, repeat the practice raising the other foot.

Hints

  • Utilize your arms while trying to obtain the exact position of balance. That is, lower and raise the hands on and off the ground according to need.
  • In the beginning practise near a wall which can be used to give support. Eventually, however, the practice should be done in the middle of the room.
  • While trying to find balance gaze at a fixed point directly in front of the face on the wall. Don’t gaze downwards, since this brings loss of balance.

Breathing and awareness Breathing should be normal throughout. All your attention should be on balance.

General Details

Duration

Practise for as long as time permits and for as long as you feel comfortable.

Time of practice

All three asanas can be practised at any time during the day. There are no restrictions.

Limitations

There are no obvious limitations on people who should not practise these asanas. You must use your own discretion.

Benefits

These three asanas help to bring nervous equilibrium. They develop the sense of balance and develop coordination between different parts of the body. They all develop the power of mental concentration, which is needed to perform them.

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