A foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. This is one massive clue that our feet are meant to move and be moved. They are designed to walk barefoot over uneven ground, not to be squeezed into pointy shoes and walked over concrete. I could get quite anatomically geeky at this point, but I will spare you for now. But, please remember that everything in the body is connected, and our feet play a big part in resolving issues in the body and creating space to allow free movement. I am saying this a little flippantly, but if someone has a headache, chances are that they have tight feet.
One of my favorite pieces of yoga “homework” for my students is a foot workout. It only takes 10 minutes, so you can do it in front of the telly, after having a bath, before going to bed, whilst chatting to your mum on the phone… there are endless opportunities. I won’t believe anyone who says they don’t have the time for this! Giving your feet 10 minutes of attention every day will make an enormous difference – try it! So, just sit comfortably somewhere. If you want to do this on the floor, use a blanket or yoga mat for padding. And, of course: shoes off, socks off! Mobilizing the Feet.