Many yoga postures stretch and strengthen your feet and ankles. Standing poses such as Warrior II and balancing poses are great for this purpose. In addition to regular yoga practice, it is helpful to add to your routine some targeted stretches for your feet.
In my experience, if my feet are able to function pain-free and as the built-in shock absorbers that they are meant to be, I do not experience a transfer of impact up my legs and back when I’m walking. With happy, healthy feet my knees and hips find a safe and comfortable alignment. Also, I have noticed that stretching my feet has had a beneficial effect on my other yoga postures. For example, in Downward Facing Dog Pose, I have noticed that with wide open feet, my legs naturally relax and I find a spaciousness in the pose that … well, I can sum up in just one word: YUMMY!
And have you ever experienced a foot massage? If not, what the heck are you waiting for? Seriously. With massage, you can release unnecessary tension and find relief from stress and your overall energy increased. Just the thought triggers my drool reflex …
So, without further ado, here is a video where I share my favorite stretches and tips for loving your feet:
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