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How to Save Your Feet

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How to Save Your Feet

Consider your feet. It’s not often we do unless they are aching after a long day or from flaring bunions in too tight shoes. Yet these small appendages act as the base of support for our body. They are our connection to the earth and in yoga the first foundation we build upon to create stability and balance. As a yoga instructor I have seen all shapes and sizes of feet, and one thing I’ve witnessed is how disconnected people are from their foundation. With age comes a curling of the toes, a narrowing along the width of the instep, the inevitable inward collapse of the ankles or one foot turning right as if intending to move the body away from where it is headed. All of this makes the process of standing, walking, or even sitting on ones heels more and more of a challenge.

We cushion our feet in padded shoes with thick soles and special inserts. When asked to stand barefoot on the yoga mat the beginning student feels exposed and uncomfortable as if revealing a hidden part of his or herself. Without a fancy pedicure our feet may not look pretty, until a glance around the room shows one foot pretty much looks like another. Stability is the key to a safe yoga practice and this comes from how our feet are grounded in the postures. But stability in a yoga practice is only preparation for creating stability in one’s life. By learning to ground ones feet properly you can stand erect with confidence and maintain your balance, even when challenged.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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2:46PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

This exercise does seem like it would be very good for the arteries and toning the calf too. I will try

5:59PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Thanx for tips :-)

12:00PM PST on Dec 27, 2010

Barefoot might work in warmer climates, but not in my neck of the woods.

7:35AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

This so true!!! it helps so much walking around barefoot too.... i read the book born to run by christopher mcdougall this summer and I reall wanted to start barefoot running and I hate running! this article definately goes along with the book

2:21PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

i will try it

7:40PM PST on Nov 26, 2010

lol. wow you all only have foot problems from not taking care of your self. YOUR NOT SUPPOSED TO WEAR SHOES ETHER!!!! the feet get very weak if not used and if you have shoes on all the time the feet break down. I find it funny as soon as the shoes are gone no can walk... at all. you want strong feet then stop wearing shoes and atfer a week your feet will feel good. walk and run bare foot everywhere... i do it all the time and i can run over glass without a problem... get on programs. remember this. that is whats not challenged all the time grow weak...

2:21PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

This sounds great! I'm going to try it.

2:33AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

thanks for the detailed 10 step list; will try that. I do some yoga in the morning and include a brief foot reflexology rub on each foot as long as I'm on my back on the floor. Helps a lot.

1:07AM PST on Nov 17, 2010


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