Super Feet! Yoga Alignment For A Happy Foundation

yoga-feetUnless you’re upside down, your feet are your foundation. They do SO much work for us, yet they might be the most overworked and underappreciated part of the body.

Many people have pain and other issues that can be changed by working with the feet. Flat arches, bunions, weak ankles, knee pain – even conditions of the hips, spine and on up the body – all can benefit from awareness and optimal alignment in the feet. This may not be the entire solution to physical concerns, but it sure can help and is a great place to start!

If you think about your feet as your foundation, compare this idea to the foundation of a house. If part of the foundation is sagging or twisted or otherwise functioning with less than optimal integrity, the house might be in a compromised situation.

Because we wear shoes most of the time and, well, most of us have never even learned how important it is to align the feet, our society as a whole is suffering a foundational collapse (not just the economy, but each body walking around.)

Here’s the good news: it is possible to recreate the integrity and health of your feet. In fact, the concepts aren’t even all that difficult. It definitely takes work and dedication on your part, but it isn’t as hard as you might think.

Enter the “Four Corners of the Feet”.

The four corners are:

  1. The mound of the big toe (the ball of the foot by the big toe)
  2. The inner heel
  3. The pinky toe mound (the ball of the foot by the little toe)
  4. The outer heel

Here’s how it works; when you set up your feet in alignment with the sequential placement of the four corners, the muscles in the feet remember that they can in fact do some pretty cool stuff such as lifting the arch, spreading the toes, and otherwise making the feet much more fit to hold the body.

What does “feet in alignment” mean? Anatomical neutral is achieved by lining up the base of the second toe with the center of the ankle. You’ll also want to look at your feet and see if one foot rolls in or out more than the other, or if both roll in or out.

By setting the feet in anatomical neutral (sometimes referred to as parallel), placing the four corners of the feet, and then lifting the inner and outer sides of the feet to create balance, you can realign the ankles, fire up the calves, better support the knees, and make good things happen on up the body.

Try it in your seat (you may want to try one foot at a time till you get it)

  1. Make your legs parallel and line up your feet 2nd toe in line with the center of the ankle
  2. Lift your feet a touch off the floor and spread your toes
  3. place your big toe mounds down
  4. stretch from the big toe mound to the inner heel and place that down too
  5. stretch from the inner heel diaganolly to the pinky toe mound and place that
  6. lengthen from the pinky toe mound to the outer heel
  7. Now that you have all 4 corners of the feet placed and your feet are nice and awake, keep that and extend from your pelvis through your legs and out through your feet and toes. (This helps you not cramp up from working so hard in your feet.)

Enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “Super Feet! Yoga Alignment For A Happy Foundation

  1. So my feet have suffered due to years of bad foot wear. When I got my orthopedics I was told by the doctor that this was not something that could be fix and its okay because I have orthopedics now, and forever!

    In the last year I have been doing foot exercises to strengthen my feet and my ankles. And while it is not an easy thing to do, you can retrain train and strengthen your body and feet.

    Thanks for this Katrina 🙂

  2. That’s awesome Brian. It’s amazing what the body can do when we use skill and awareness to strengthen, stretch, and otherwise support balance and harmony. For me, even just placing the 4 corners of the feet is fascinating because of how much more vibrant and strong my feet immediately become.

    Just as you said, it isn’t always easy. However your effort rewards you with healthier feet, ankles, and even knees and back, which seems to be undeniably worth it!@Brian

  3. Super post, Need to mark it on Digg
    Have a nice day
    Joker

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