Our feet barely receive the attention that they deserve. Despite the fact that they carry us around every day, we often stuff them into tiny, pointy, heeled, or dead-flat shoes, until we reach our “middle age,” when all of a sudden our feet give up and we're forced into sneakers and comfort shoes for the rest of our lives.
To that I say: No thank you!
Yoga practice is great in creating healthy feet, but if done incorrectly, it can actually put more strain on your already tired soles. This in turn creates misalignment in the rest of the body. Your feet are the foundation of your practice and your moveable existence, so let’s take care of them.
Here are a few tips for creating healthy, happy feet.
1. Walk barefoot.
Take off your shoes and walk around barefoot, especially inside your home. Let your toes spread, feel the temperature of the ground through your feet and embrace the sensations of your feet. Our feet are much like our hands, so let them explore, feel and add to your life!
Bonus: A no-shoes-inside rule also helps to keep the house clean!
2. Pick up your arches.
Whenever you have a few moments, like while you're brushing your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil, try this simple exercise to help your feet become more strong and flexible: