Toe Stand Pose
The toe stand pose is an intermediate pose and can be practiced by beginners, especially for developing flexibility and balance.
Stand in tadasana or the mountain pose. Place your feet together and let your arms hang by your side in a resting manner. Lift your right foot, fold it at the knee and bring the foot of it to rest on the left thigh. Unlike the tree pose, your foot should be resting or leaning on the front of the thigh.
Shift all your body weight to the leg that is resting on the floor. Join your palms together in front of your chest and relax in this position for a few seconds.
Toe Stand Pose Yoga
Now release your hands from in front of your chest, bend forwards and place your fingertips on the floor for support (to avoid falling forwards). Your legs should remain in the same position as before.
Now stand on the toes and bend at the knee of the resting foot (which is on the floor). Start lowering your hips and buttocks. Lower your buttocks so that it touches your left heel slightly. You should continue to balance the weight of your body on the toes.
Keep your spine and torso erect. Slowly maintain your balance and take your hands off the floor, either one after another or both together.
Remain in this position for at least 60 seconds and repeat with the other leg.
Benefits of the toe stand pose
- This pose promotes balance and flexibility for the entire body
- It prepares the body for the advanced balancing postures.
- Stretches the hamstrings, thighs and legs
- It is a great workout for the lower body
As a beginner, if you are having difficulty to balance your body on your toes while in toe stand pose, use the wall for support.