Pada hastasana gives basically the same benefits as paschimottanasana1. It massages and tones up the digestive organs, helping to improve digestion and eliminate ailments such as constipation.
Pada hastasana can be practised at any time to give most of the benefits of traditional inverted asanas (though at a lesser level)2. Often during a busy work day, the blood supply to the brain can become a little sluggish. Pada hastasana helps to stimulate this blood circulation; this brings many benefits. The following are a few:
• removes fatigue and brings vitality
• improves concentration
• improves metabolic process of the body (by acting on the thyroid and pituitaiy)
• helps to decongest the nose
To gain these benefits, repeat stages 2 and 4 one after the other for a few minutes. This will allow sufficient time for the extra blood to flow to the head.
Pada hastasana brings many other benefits. It stretches the leg muscles, tones up the sexual organs and glands and so forth.
PADA ANGUSHTHASANA (TIPTOE POSE)
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