Stability and Mobility of the Feet: Toes, Ankles, Arches and More (Short Course, Level: Intermediate)
Healthy feet mean:
– mobile and resilient ankles
– good balance
– quality of arches
- prevention of conditions of the feet like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunyans
- better posture
In the context of asana progression, feet are not just important in standing asanas, they are an important ingredient in other other asanas (virasana, padmasana, one legged balancing, back arches, even inversions).
Feet have the dual role of having to bear body weight, and also of controlling movement complexity. The sessions in this Short Course address both these aspects of flexibility, and strength, building up ‘dynamic stability’. They involve direct actions on the feet – the ankles, the toes, the arches - but they also address the shins, calves and the hips. In the body – these parts act synergistically.
Part 1: Conditioning the Hips for Healthy Ankles - The first segment of this session works on the hips.
Part2: Increasing Mobility and Stability Challenge for the Ankles Part1 - It works on the ankle joint through a series of standing asanas.
Part3: Increasing Mobility and Stability Challenge for the Ankles – Part2 - There is re-inforcement of actions done in the previous session, and introduction of higher levels of complexity or subtlety
Part 4: Stable Hips and Mobile Ankles: Garudasana and More - In this session we prepare the ankles, and the hips for Garudasana legs: compacting the hips in standing asanas, and lubricating the ankle through simple movements
Part 5: New Movements and Connections for Feet, Ankles and Hips - In this session we explore some new movements and connections of the feet/ankle/ hips.
Part 6: Leg Binding Asanas and Breath Explorations - first part of an audio-video hybrid session.
Part 7: Feet, Toes, Ankles: Simple Conditioning Drills – a FREE Resource - There are no complex technical instructions for this session. enjoy the exploration.
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Included in this course
Our feet connect us to the ground, and enable us to stand upright. they are also our main line of communication with the ground that we stand on – both to sense stimuli, and to respond. Our feet are also capable of an amazing range of movements and positions – something that we tend to forget, and therefore tend to lose.
Feet have the dual role of having to bear body weight, and also of controlling movement complexity. The sessions in this Short Course address both these aspects of flexibility, and strength, building up ‘dynamic stability’. They involve direct actions on the feet – the ankles, the toes, the arches – but they also address the shins, calves and the hips. In the body – these parts act synergistically.
Although these actions/ asanas in the various sessions of this Short Course are very useful in bringing back movement and strength to ankles after injury or inactivity, this should be done gradually, and caution is advised in following these drills/ actions/ exercises