Ubhaya padangusthasana is an asana that requires an excellent sense of balance and works on strengthening and stretching the core body.
To enter the pose, begin in a sitting position. The yogi then holds both big toes in the air with their fingers and uses their hips to hold the body stable.
Ubhaya padangusthasana is known in English as double big toe pose.
The name of this asana is derived from the Sanskrit unbhaya, meaning “both,” pada referring to “feet,” angustha, meaning “toes or fingers,” and asana, meaning “pose.”
In the context of spiritual benefits, ubhaya padangusthasana is a powerful asana for meditation purposes and helps to provide a sense of balance, together with an improved energy flow. The muladhara and svadisthana chakras are both linked to this asana.
Physically, this asana strengthens the abdominal muscles and stretches the hamstrings as well as the spinal cord and shoulders.