Understanding the mechanics of your feet in yoga and the patterns in your foot health is the first step to establishing a solid foundation in your practice.
Feet are Foundation of the temple of the body, yet our feet aren’t JUST foundation. Not static anyway. Our bodies are mobile, flexible and our feet meant to be flexible too. But we often neglect it. Too much training: running, walking, workout, cycling require wearing training shoes and Combination of shoes and certain way our feet move in the fixed position will most certainly lead to a stiffness in the feet joins. Not to mention high heels or flip flops. Therefor, many people end up standing and walking for a lifetime on feet that have fallen or weakened arches. But when the foot collapses or distorts, the strain travels up into the hip joints or lower back which consequently followed by injuries.
The foot and ankle contain:
- 26 bones each(one-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet)
- 33 joints
- more than 100 muscles, tendons (connect muscles to bones), and ligaments (onnect bones to other bones)
- a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue.
Massaging, walking, practicing yoga barefoot – all of this will give you a firm foundation.
Yoga practice will awake your feet. Pressing down on anterior heel, elongating toes and bringing more pressure on the ball pad of the foot will strengthen and develop arch of the foot.
Yoga barefoot can also prevent and heal foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, and shin splints. Use every chance to connect with your feet by walking barefoot: on the beach, on the grass or even at home on the bare floor. Going barefoot can make you feel connected with the universe.
But if you are not the spiritual kind, then the fact that doing barefoot yoga has many physical benefits, is the perfect reason to chuck those shoes.
Remember what they say: ‘If you’re not barefoot, you’re overdressed’.