There’s a reason why your yoga teacher is always telling you to spread your toes: Creating a stable base is essential for poses like Tree Pose and Eagle Pose. Plus, stretching the feet in poses like Downward-Facing Dog can heal and prevent foot problems and improve your alignment.
Consider this grounding sequence a reorientation to your foundation.
A simple, mindful big-toe adjustment can create stability in the bones, ligaments, and muscles of the feet, enhancing the mind-body connection and creating a secure foundation for safe and comfortably aligned poses.
Our writer spent a day with Annie Carpenter at YJ LIVE! and came away with a newfound respect for her feet. Use this sequence as your owner’s manual.
Put your feet through basic training for a strong, light, and lifted Warrior 1.
Give your feet just a little attention, and your whole body will feel better.
A footloose approach isn't always for the best. Teach your students to firm up their feet for strong balance poses.
If you want your yoga to build strong, stable, balanced legs, it's important to work the feet properly—even when you're not standing on them.