Parsva Supta Padangusthasana (Side 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 third posture in the Hip Series sequence is Parsva Supta Padangusthasana.

Parsva Supta PadangusthasanaBring a strap around the bottom of your right foot along the arch. Straighten your right leg and left leg if possible. If left leg does not easily straighten you can also keep the left knee bent and let the leg fall over to the side to balance the weight as your right leg moves to the side.

Bring both sides of the strap to your right hand and use your left hand to place pressure on top of the left hip to keep it grounded to the floor. Bring your right leg over to the right, keeping the outside of the foot parallel with the floor.

You can also place props under the right leg for support. Lift both kneecaps and engage the quadriceps, shoulders on the floor, left second toe points straight up. 5-10 breaths. Both sides.


  • Stretches hamstrings, groins, and adductors
  • Relieves sciatica and low back discomfort