Taking Care of Our Feet

The fact that there is one bone in the upper leg (the femur), two in the lower leg (the tibia and fibula), and twenty-six in the feet indicates the degree of potential articulation within the foot.

-Tias Little, Yoga of the Subtle Body

I wanted to share a yoga flow I usually do at the start of most of my classes. This flow targets several joints, inviting greater fluidity in all of them, but it focuses particularly on the feet.

The feet are often overlooked, yet they form the foundation for the body as it interacts with the world about us. Most people wear shoes throughout the day. This usually constrains the feet, leaving them with less opportunity to move freely. This has ramifications on other parts of the body as limitations in the feet create compensation in the knees and hips, leading to issues with the back, shoulders, and neck. The body is a whole. (Yoga means union.)

Taking time each day to focus on our feet can help us experience the world in a more grounded and stable way. Take a look.

By Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez teaches English at Miami Dade College and yoga and wellness in the community through Miami Firm Body, the company Maribel (his wife) and he co-founded. He works with words, movement, and the body. His calling is to invite others to join him in the joy of searching within and finding the strength and courage to walk toward wholeness. Carlos is a spell caster, an educational shaman whose core mission is to transform grief into a source of possible beauty, vulnerability into strength, fear into wonder.

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