The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In top condition, they provide excellent shock-absorbers and balance our body with stability therefore making walking, running, and jumping motions easy. But…
Most modern westerners have lost much of the natural control and flexibility in their feet largely due to wearing shoes most of the time. Shoes restrict motion and can cause serious atrophy and imbalanced muscles. The impact of this can be quite profound and is often to blame for knee, hip and lower back pain.
For those of you familiar with reflexology, this practice recognises the feet as precise maps of the entire body, with reflex points that correspond to all the organs and systems. So by paying attention to the feet, this will simultaneously address those organs within the body, helping to regulate their function and balance them.
So when you come to your mat, try yoga poses that stretch and improve the strength and control of the feet muscles and connective tissue. There are many poses that will work and stretch the soles, toes, and ankles of the feet.