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Course Level: All Levels

Resilient Ankles: Balancing, Flexing, Extending

This session picks up from the previous session in this short course.  It starts with exploring the role of ankles in standing balancing, weight bearing/ loading the ankles in both flexed and extended positions. The session ends with thorough resting of the calf area

This session may be done as a stand-alone session, but it is also part of the Short Course Stability and Mobility of the Feet: Toes, Ankles, Arches and More (Short Course, Level: Gentle).

Level: All levels

Duration: 75 min

Props needed: couple of blocks, one belt, firm folded blankets

Tag words: ankle Health ankles balance dropped arches feet health flat feet flat foot foot health plantar fasciitis running sports walking

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.