Sure, you might be able to flatten your chest to your knees and your bow pose is more split than struggle, but if you forget about your feet, eventually your practice and your body will suffer.
Feet are our foundation. It seems obvious, but they are often an overlooked element of our practice—of our lives, really.
That stops today my yogi. That stops today.
Those little muscles in your feet, the ones that hold the tiny bones together and decide if the rest of your body stays in alignment, yea those need to be stretched and paid much attention to.
You wouldn't build a house on a faulty foundation, would you?
Let's hope not.
When you look after the health of your feet, things like hollering hamstrings, stuck hips and bellyaching backs start to feel better.
How to Love On Your Feet
1. Pay Attention: Do You Pronate or Supinate?
How do you know? Take a look at your shoes, if they're worn on the outside you supinate or roll outwards, if they're worn on the inside, you pronate.
You want even wear, on your shoes and your bod. Start by noticing how you stand and how walk. Course correct as you move through your day and pay special attention when you're on the mat.
2. Stretch Your Toes
This one might be painful, but it's worth it. Our toes grip all day long, this stretch will move them in the opposite direction.
Sit on your heels with your toes curled under you. Okay, you might not actually sit on your heels, but get as close as you can. See if you can get all 10 of your toes to touch the floor. Breathe.
3. Do Some Foot Yoga Before Bed
It's a thing. Lace your fingers through your toes as though you were holding your lover's hand (it'll probably feel like they've become very small). What we mean is, expect a tight fit.
Play with spreading your toes wide and circling your foot. Then give yourself alittle massage and say thanks. After all they've carried you for years.
Spending five minutes a day on the health of your feet will cause happy ripples of relief through your entire body. It's worth it; give it a go.
The Yoga Nest is a yoga studio in Kailua Kona, HI that offers vinyasa, power, yin, restorative, and meditation classes. We also host yoga-related workshops, events and more!