Flat feet can be a liability when it comes to practicing certain poses in yoga. Feet with no arches can make it harder to balance, cause pain in the ankle joints and midfoot, and are less supportive than feet that have graceful arches.
But you’re not alone—statistically, an estimated 20—30% of the general population have feet with no arches.
What are arches good for?
The purpose of the foot’s arch is to act as a spring and give buoyancy and energetic lift to the body. It gives you a greater ability to balance because it evenly distributes the weight of the body across the sole of the foot. It keeps the ankles from collapsing inward and correctly aligns the bones of the lower leg and knee.
If your feet are flat, all is not lost, oh, yogi! You can develop foot strength and flexibility with a few simple foot exercises done consistently.
Here are 5 simple daily exercises to help your feet get happy again:
Do this daily.
If you experience cramping, rub your feet out or roll around on a tennis or lacrosse ball and try again the next day. Don’t give up—cramping means that these muscles are weak and this exercise will help strengthen them.
We all have little challenges in yoga but flat feet do not have to be one of yours.
You can gently strengthen your feet and develop a greater sense of balance and buoyancy by utilizing these simple techniques and awarenesses in your life and practice. As in all things yoga, consistency in key.
Many of our students have been successful with building up an arch and feeling much more stable and aware in their poses. You can too!
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