It’s all about the feet.
The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies beneath the skin on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel to the front of your foot, and also supports the arch of your foot.
Strong feet make for strong poses, which builds the foundation for a strong practice. A strong stance works in concert with the breath which ultimately (in this humble yogini’s opinion) cultivates peace.
Last Friday with Daba, we worked on our feet. I love classes like this. A few months ago I talked about finger splits. Finger splits changed my practice especially my downward dog. I want everyone to have hands like platypuses. Though incorrect, I like the sound of platypi better.
Hands flat and fingers wide like platypi. It sounds plain old silly when you say platypuses.
Sorry, I digress.
Let’s jump back. After a vigorous standing series in the heat we spent time working on our toes. By standing on a block with the toes on and heel off, I was able to work on the big toe and the calf muscle. With my heel level as if I was standing on the floor I moved into vriksasana.
After we removed the block and did the posture on the ground. I swear I felt roots spring from the sole of my foot.
I also dug doing toe squats. You can feel the fascia stretch. It’s intense but wonderful. My feet felt fantastic the next morning, especially now that I’m getting older. The older I get the more my feet hurt in the morning. Ugh.
Toe squats are a part of my morning routine now. Foot pain be gone!
This is yoga. Haaaaiiiiiiy! Get on the good foot.