Today I want to talk about the starting point … the Foot … to stand on our own two feet something I heard as a child but it didn’t really sink in!
With regards to Yoga we are talking about doing that on every level … as being in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) for example enables us to have a moment of calm … and re-engage with what it might have felt like to walk for the first time.
A memory that will be long gone for most everyone and what’s the purpose … It’s about taking things for granted and often poor habit has formed unbeknown to us.
Yoga generally brings us back into the physical body so we can check it out and see how we’re doing! And start to work on any adjustments that may be required.
Here is something really great to try and I wouldn’t think it has a Yoga pose name as I think its roots may well lie in the field of massage. I learned this with two teachers on separate occasions Gary Carter in Brighton and Chris Yorke at Rhodes Minnis in Kent.
- You start this by standing in Tadasana and just allow yourself to come into an awareness of the body, especially the legs and feet
- Once you have gained this sense you can sit on the ground
- There isn’t a correct side to start with whatever works for you but for the sake of description I shall begin with the right foot
- Take the right foot into the left hand by cradling the leg
- Take the fingers and intertwine them between the toes as though you were intertwining your fingers with each other only this is a toes of the right foot with the fingers of the left hand
- Gently bend the fingers back towards the toes so the toes go back as far as they comfortably will. Close the eyes if you like – I find it aids relaxation – and hold for as long as feels comfortable
- Now take the fingers and toes the other way and the same again
- Turn the foot and hand in a clockwise rotation for around 5-10 turns as slowly as you can, the slower you turn them the deeper it works and the nicer it feels
- Then turn them anti-clockwise (similarly)
- Now stand back into Tadasana – can you feel the difference
- Do the same thing all over again on the other side
In this old photo of Iyenga you can see he has both feet placed firmly together, but it’s now considered more fitting to place feet hip-width-apart, and takes the strain out of trying to balance that so the focus can be more evenly distributed into the other areas that require attention also.
I would love to hear from anyone who tries this to see what your experience of how working with the foot like this works for you.
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