Taking care of our feet with yoga

As a yoga teacher I teach and practice the same sequence for a week (as many of my yoga teachers do).

The sequence I teach my students is the sequence I practice at home over the same week.

And I usually like to have a theme each week, whether it is an anatomical focus or types of poses, such as twists, low back, balancing poses, feet …

This week my focus is feet. Feet are the roots of our body.

As one of my yoga teachers says, you have to go down to go up. To me that means we have to feel strong and grounded in our feet and legs to grow in our standing poses, such as Tadasana (Mountain Pose).

We treat our feet so badly. We shove them into shoes that are too small, too narrow, too high, too flat, too pointy … We stand on them too long and not properly. We wear the wrong shoes while exercising. We wear shoes that don’t give us enough support or the right support.

About 77% of Americans have experienced some sort of foot pain, according to a survey done by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

In a Continue reading

Wardrobe culture of public transport

On Tuesday and yesterday I took public transport to work: BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The Bay Area’s version of a subway.

Normally I drive to a parking area close to my house and jump on a shuttle, which takes us the rest of the roughly 20 miles to work.

But the shuttle schedule recently changed, which means if I take the shuttle I don’t make my evening 5:45 and 6 p.m. yoga classes.

(I was supposed to go to yoga last night. But a last minute decision with friends at work had us having a fun night out drinking and eating, which we really needed.)

I decided to experiment this week with public transport. Besides the long ride and the crowded train where a seat isn’t available until people start offloading into the city (aka San Francisco) there are wardrobe issues.

I usually wear heels to work (yes, I know they are terrible for your feet).

In fact, I did a whole feet week on GFG! a few years ago. (The worst shoes for your feet; It’s feet week; And feet week concludes; and Comment Contest Tuesday.)

And most of my pants are rather long since I … Continue reading

Foot cramps are cramping my style

I get a lot of foot cramps. I have high arches and I blame the arches on my feet cramping up.

According to eHow.com, People with high arches are more likely to get leg cramps while sleeping. they will also have pain in the calf, knee and hip.

Hmm, does that mean my arches cause foot cramps? I can’t seem to find anything that directly says this is so. Maybe I am just a person who gets a lot of foot cramps. But high arches seem to cause some other issues.

I do get a lot of Charley horses in the middle of the night. Man, those hurt. According to Wikipedia, a Charley horse is painful spasms or cramps in the leg muscles, typically lasting anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours.

If I get one while sleeping I force myself to get out of bed and stand up. It is gone instantly.

My feet were cramping a lot in body conditioning on Thursday night. We were doing a lot of squats and lunges, which was putting pressure on the feet, toes and arches.

According to this Livestrong article, endurance forms of exercise are more likely to … Continue reading