A Meet-and-Greet for your Feet

Feet are amazing pieces of architecture. Each foot has:

  • 26 bones (One-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet)
  • 33 joints
  • more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments
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Here are some paradigms to explore working the feet in Tadasana. See this post for tips on working with these diagrams.

Top left: Balance the weight evenly on these 4 points while lifting your arches. To strengthen your arches, lift your toes and inner ankles keeping the 4 corners of the feet evenly weighted. Top Right: From the centre of the foot, extend forward through the base of the big toe, and back through the inner heel, forward through the base of the little toe and back through the outer heel. Bottom left: From the base of the little toe draw the inner heel back. From the inner heel extend forward to the big toe mound. From the big toe mound draw the outer heel back and from the outer heel extend to the mound of little toe Bottom right: Lengthen from outer heel to little toe, then little toe to big toe, big toe to inner heel, and Inner heel to outer heel.    

Top left: Balance the weight evenly on these 4 points while lifting your arches. To strengthen your arches, lift your toes and inner ankles keeping the 4 corners of the feet evenly weighted.

Top Right: From the centre of the foot, extend forward through the base of the big toe, and back through the inner heel, forward through the base of the little toe and back through the outer heel.

Bottom left: From the base of the little toe draw the inner heel back. From the inner heel extend forward to the big toe mound. From the big toe mound draw the outer heel back and from the outer heel extend to the mound of little toe

Bottom right: Lengthen from outer heel to little toe, then little toe to big toe, big toe to inner heel, and Inner heel to outer heel.