This week I am trading in my lab coat for a yoga mat. That’s right; we are going to focus on the best yoga poses for your feet. I’ve discussed foot exclusive exercises several times on this blog, but I thought it would be interesting to show you all which yoga poses are actually helping your feet. Proper alignment of the feet in all yoga poses is an important component in maintaining good foot health, but here are a few of my personal favorites:
Downward Facing Dog
Probably the most well-known pose, down dog is great pose for the feet. The muscles in your feet are working as your arches lift, while stretching the soles of the feet. By lengthening the plantar muscles and fascia, the downward extension of the heel to the floor will develop with time.
Hero is an important pose for foot health. It stretches the top of the foot and ankle while toning the sole of the foot. This pose is extremely helpful for those with flat feet as it strengthens the muscles in the feet, and helps recreate arches.
Thunderbolt Pose has many of the same benefits as Hero Pose, as it helps to recreate or maintain healthy arches, as well as increasing flexibility in the ankle.
Cobbler Pose, or Butterfly Pose
Cobbler pose is a great one for feet. While in the pose, you are pressing the four corners of your feet together and drawing the toes away from each other, which strengthens the foot muscles and activates the arches.
Next time you’re in class, focus on what your feet are doing and you will quickly realize that yoga has been helping your feet all along. This is another reason why yoga is our favorite exercise here at Juil!
Post by Billy Kanter