Emotional pain and physical challenges can be embedded in our feet
Look at the soles of your shoes and see how they are worn.
Feet can show the origin of our pain.
Tadasana/Samastithi is foundational yoga pose. It teaches us to be fully upright, connected to the ground and yet reaching out and up toward the sky.
By plugging down the front of the heel, the root of the little toe and the root of the big toe we create a triangular base that vaults the inner arch of the foot upward.
The back of the body holds much of our personal history, we store past stress and anxiety behind us (out of sight out of mind) thus we end up with a tension filled back body (calves, hamstrings, back, shoulders, neck . . .) Soles of the feet are the beginning of the back body
Prasarita Padottanasana – elongates and gradually breaks apart accumulated tension in the back
Working with a Tennis ball is a good way to stretch the feet.
Almost every yoga poses involves the feet so it is important be aware of the feet while you are practicing yoga