Last week I wrote about the bliss of my medical pedicure which led me to think again about the importance of the foot in yoga practice. Our feet connect us to the earth
. They hold us. Support us. Ground us physically. So when I say in class, “Distribute the weight evenly” or “spread your toes” do it! Balance begins with your feet — both in yoga and in life.
To improve your footwork, I recommend Tadasana – mountain pose. You can do this at home to ground yourself and build awareness for your yoga practice. Tadasana can be thought of as a preparation for all the other standing poses. You stand with your weight distributed evenly on both feet, aligning your whole body with calm mindfulness.
Click for the Yoga Journal’s step-by-step guide to Tadasana.
Questions about feet? Ask in the comments!