Increasing Mobility and Stability Challenge for the Ankles – Part2
This session is a progression from the previous two sessions. There is re-inforcement of actions done in the previous session, and introduction of higher levels of complexity or subtlety. It works on the ankle joint through a series of asanas. Blocks are used to challenge the balance and the stability at the ankles, and also to increase the range of movement.
Props needed: a couple of blocks, a belt, a sturdy chair, access to a wall, supports to set up a chair sarvangasana
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: Intermediate)
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The ankle has the unique role in the body of balancing the much larger surface of our body on a narrow base, while maintaining stability, and giving us enough scope for mobility. Asanas provide ample opportunities for using the ankle in a variety of positions, thereby building strength and resilience.
Those who have limited balance for any reason are advised to hold on to a stable support (like a wall) in the standing balancing positions.