Yoga is good for your mind and body—head to toe! Healing, peace, and rest are some of the mind and body benefits you can receive with this ancient practice, and most of these benefits also include your heels, arches, and toes. Rise Yoga Studio in Sacramento is a good place to start a regimen of yoga for feet.
Yoga’s a great, low-impact way to increase stability from conditions like arthritis and build strength after injuries like ankle sprains and fractures. If you don’t exercise your ankles after an injury, you can end up with weakness and instability that could lead to another sprain or fracture. Plenty of classes mean plenty of ways to stretch, strengthen, and stabilize your feet. Let’s walk through some main stretches to get yourself back on your feet.
Mountain pose is a standing posture that will help you examine the way your feet are placed on the ground. When you plant your feet, notice how you distribute your weight onto certain parts. Try to distribute the weight evenly, shifting your weight forward and backward to gain the perfect stance. When you find your balance, focus on stretching your sole. You can do this by lifting your arch and pushing down around the edges of your foot. Lengthen your toes, pressing both the front and back of your foot into the ground.
This meditative exercise will help you gain balance when you stand on one leg for exercises like the tree pose. When you start to wobble from instability, spread out your toes and this should correct the wiggling that’s causing you to tip over.
Downward-facing dog is another common yoga pose that stretches out your feet. With your hands and feet on the ground in a push-up stance, walk your feet up and lift your hips into the air. Stay on your tiptoes and slowly lower your heels towards the floor. This will stretch the arches of the foot and help to prevent development of plantar fasciitis.
Yoga for feet is great way to get healthy again, in mind and spirit. You can get more treatment for you sprains, fractures, and other foot injuries at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA. Stop by our office or call beforehand to make an appointment at (916) 961-3434. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!
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