style: Anatomy, alignment, yoga therapy

duration: 90 min

Prevention Yoga Case Study – Feet are Foundation of Practice

"You want to stand on your head and you don't even know how to stand on your feet." - B.K.S. Iyengar

The Feet are the foundation of our practice!

Understanding mechanics of the feet and patterns in the foot is the first step to establishing a solid foundation in yoga.

In Tadasana the tendency is to shift weight into the front of the feet, and focus needs to be into the heels.  There is a tendency for weight to fall to the outside and roll outward. The weight of the body is in the bones of the legs, rather than in the groins and front thighs. Balancing the actions of the feet toward the middle and back of feet are helpful to reduce strain on the joints and hyperextension.

Experiment shifting weight back and forth to feel where weight is distributed between them. In any asana it helps to move deliberately out of alignment or balance to feel what it feels like to be in alignment or balance. This will help in all asana and might even affect the direction of your life.

Cora Wen

Over the past 25 years, Cora Wen has built her reputation as an internationally acclaimed yoga practitioner and teacher.

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