Parivrtta Supta Padangusthasana (Revolved Reclined Big Toe Pose)

The Purna Yoga Hip Series sequence includes six directions of movement in the hip joints. It is therapeutic for low back pain, SI joint dysfunction, and sciatica. The Hip Series sequence continues with Parivrtta Supta Padangusthasana.

Parivrtta Supta PadangusthasanaBring a strap around the bottom of your right foot along the arch. Straighten your right leg. If left leg does not easily straighten you can also keep the left knee bent with the sole of the foot flat to the floor. Bring both sides of the strap to your left hand and use your right hand (“L” of the index finger and thumb) in your right hip crease to press your thigh away from your head. Start to bring your right leg over to the left only as far as the left shoulder. As you press up through your right heel press your right hip down to the floor. Lift both kneecaps and engage the quadriceps, shoulders on the floor, left second toe points straight up. 5-10 breaths. Both sides.

Benefits:

  • Lengthens the external rotators of the hip
  • Relieves sciatica and low back discomfort