Stability, balance and movement begin with your feet, and especially your toes. Without these ten digits, we wouldn’t be able to walk into class, or stand in Mountain Pose, much less do a Standing Head to Knee posture!
These three yoga poses will increase your toes’ strength and flexibility, adding power to your practice and your every day life!
Eagle pose (Garudasana)
This is a fantastic posture for your toes, as it calls on you to mindfully balance your whole weight on one foot at a time. Start with your feet side by side and root your standing foot into the earth, pressing your toes into the ground and checking that your weight is evenly distributed. As you enter the full expression of the posture, note how your toes work to wrap around your standing leg slide your foot down the supporting leg to get a full stretch of your toes.
Awkward pose (Utkatasana)
This is a great pose to invigorate and strengthen your feet, not to mention a wake-up call to your large muscle groups like the quadriceps, abs and calves. To gain maximum benefits, focus on planting your feet and keeping them parallel in the shape of an 11. Don’t let your feet turn in or out, and spread your toes to create a firm foundation.
Crescent lunge (Anjaneyasana)
This power pose is a great workout for your toes, building balance and flexibility. As you move into the posture, focus on your front foot, ensuring the toes are gently spread (don’t exaggerate, but don’t scrunch them up) and fully planted in the earth. Your rear foot comes up, giving a wonderful and enhancing the propulsive power of your toes.