Padangustasana

Bikram describes this posture as “the lion that could not roar.” Toestand looks fierce, but there is nothing to fear. At this point in the series you are warmed up and your biggest challenge is probably your balance. Emmy Cleaves, the principal of the Yoga College of India, says that Toestand is very important as a posture that prepares you for the stillness and concentration required in Savasana. To do Toestand, look at the floor four feet in front of you. You’ve heard it a million times. “Don’t move or blink your eyes! If you do you might lose the balance.” If you want to master this posture, take this instruction seriously! Observe a person doing a good Toestand and you’ll notice they won’t move their eyes. They have their Toestand face on. With your hands in prayer, bend at the waste, then put your hands on the floor in front of you. Slowly bend your knee and sit on your heel. Walk your hands next to you and stretch up. No resting! Once you rest you sink like a flat tire. Stretch up like third part of awkward and imagine your hips and head are touching a wall behind you, spine straight. Then bring your left hand in to prayer, followed by your right hand. Concentrate and hold it as long as you are able. Bikram says you have to think very positively about yourself when you do this posture.
Toestand develops psychological and mental powers, especially patience. Physically, it helps to cure gout and rheumatism of the knees, ankles and feet. It also helps cure
hemorrhoid problems. Do Toestand every day!