Improving Ankle Resiliency with Supports
The first segment of this session works on exercises to free up the joints – with a focus on the hips. The second segment focusses on the ankle joint through a series of standing balancing and supine asanas.
Level: All Levels
Props needed: a sturdy chair, a couple of blocks, a yoga strap
This recording is part of the Short Course Stability and Mobility of the Feet: Toes, Ankles, Arches and More (Short Course, Level: Gentle)
Tag words: 70mins ankle Health ankles anxiety baddhakonasana balance cervical health cervical spondylosis feet hip health hips inversions prop use running salamba sarvangasana I samasthiti sciatica setu bandha sarvangasana standing asanas supported supta padangusthasana I supta padangusthasana II tadasana tennis vrksasana
The ankle joint, like the wrist, is delicate, making possible a large range of movement. Unlike the wrist, it faces the challenge of balancing the weight of our body, and therefore needs firmness. We have two ankle bones on each feet – the inner and the outer. Being close to the base of the body, the ankle bones honestly reflect the quality of how we stand. Imbalances in the feet are reflected in the ankles. Conversely, building resilience in the ankles improves our balance, ankles prevents injuries, and improves deformities not just of the feet, but of the entire leg. The first segment of this session works on exercises to free up the joints – with a focus on the hips. The second segment focusses on the ankle joint through a series of standing balancing and supine asanas.
Older practitioners, those with impaired balancing ability are advised to use caution in the balancing positions and to use additional support where required.