Why is the foot so important in Yoga? Well its the starting point … its the base of how we stand, and what we stand the whole body on … In Yoga there are four points to the foot to focus on …
The Four Points Of The Foot
- The first point is just below the big toe (underneath)
- The second point is just underneath the little toe
- The third point is at the broadest point of the heel just before it starts to reduce its shape at the back
- The fourth point is the opposite side of the heel adjacent to the third point
The importance of the foot
If these four points are felt and worked towards then the natural curvature on the inner and (to a lesser extent) the outer foot, along the sides. This ensures we can be grounded without being flat footed, as our yogic intention is to be light of foot and body.
Making a stand
The tibia bone in the front of the leg is the only straight bone in the whole body, 206 bones in all. And although it joins the foot at the ankle there is a mish-mash of cartilage (as where all bones appear to meet) that prevents the bones touching. None of the bones in the body directly touch, as substances that oils the wheels, such as blood, synovial fluids and connective tissue construct a junction to each bone-to-bone meeting point.
Best foot forward
The foot plays an important starting point in Yoga and the correct standing and grounding of it shouldn’t be overlooked, as all other postures tend to derive from an awareness of the feet.
If you haven’t already have a go at the exercise I talked about some weeks ago. That easily demonstrates the difference between grounded and non-grounded feet and for me if I’ve some paperwork to clear, it’ll be one of the poses I start the day with … and works every time in helping focus.
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