While yoga newbies and old-school veterans will have very different practices, there are plenty of things that they have in common. One of those things is the ability to lay a solid foundation to their practice with their feet. This certainly comes with increased strength, improved flexibility, and sheer practice, but giving sore, achy feet some extra love and attention will only help them open up faster. Giving your dogs a sweet massage is a great place to start for improvement, but there are also some staple poses of a yoga practice that really help you focus on your feet.
Baddha Konasana: Butterfly
Baddha Konasana looks like a laid-back posture, but you're not just hanging out on the floor. For improved foot flexible, press the four corners of your feet together before opening them up like a book; making the physical effort to pull your toes apart from each other helps to activate your foot's arch.
Tadasana: Mountain Pose
Standing at the top of your mat in Mountain Pose is a beautiful time of contemplation and intention. By grounding all four corners of your feet on your mat and really spreading your toes apart, you're prepping a healthy, open foot foundation for the rest of your practice.
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Adho Mukha Svanasana: Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog is a very active pose that does wonders for your feet. As your arches lift and your feet sink toward the mat, you're giving a serious stretch to the soles of your feet. But there's no need to push your heels straight to the ground — this will come with time.
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana: Standing Hand to Big Toe
With improved balance and flexibility, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana won't look as intimidating! It started off as my most-loathed and, with time, turned into one of my most-loved stretches. It engages your core, challenges your balance, and gives both your leg and foot a delicious stretch.
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