Self-Love Yoga for Your Feet
By Sarah Manwaring-Jones • June 12th, 2012 • 4061 Views
'In loving someone we give them the freedom to change' Start by giving your feet some fresh air. Even walk around in bare feet (nice to wear your joy-a-toes if you have them) outside and feel the earth touching your bare skin. Breathe. Give your feet whole hearted permission to feel good. Wiggle your toes and sink the whole circumference of your heals heavy and down. When you do this for a while you might feel your feet slightly wider and your toes softly spreading. You can begin to sense all 28 bones in your feet slithering around inside as you move, rather than feeling that your feet are solid like golf clubs.
Now lying on your back begin to play with moving each toe, together and apart, together and apart. Can you feel each toe flowing off the end of your foot softly like gold ribbon flows off a reel? Can you wiggle your toes without hardening the ankles and becoming rigid through the ligaments on the tops of your feet? Play with the grasping reflex in each foot and see if you can curl your toes and simultaneously shine energy out of your heels, (like Gioia Irwin says, creating a 'crescent moon' shape between the inner heal and the big toe line). I have read through anatomy studies that the pelvic floor and the inner arch of the foot are mirror images of each other. And Tom Myers describes in his ‘Anatomy Trains,’ that the tip of the big toe connects, via the deep front line, to the pelvic floor. Love your feet.
In loving our feet we can give them the freedom to change and blossom. Have fun. Go barefoot.
Inspired by metaphors in movement, spatial awareness and a simple life, Sarah Manwaring-Jones has shared yoga for the last 10 years. She integrates a deep love of nature and the human form into the ancient practices of yoga through embodied principles of tensegrity and honoring her own experiences of life, love and loss. Sarah feels yoga is a gentle and kind hammock, a wide-open space to rest into for support in our busy lives.
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