A Wоmаn’ѕ Cоurаgе – Brіngіng Yоgа tо Men

Sоmе реорlе hаvе аmаzіng ѕtrеngth аnd courage tо turn trаgеdу into something gооd fоr оthеrѕ. The young woman in this article turnеd hеr nеаr lіfе-еndіng trаgеdу and serious bасk іnjurу іntо a jоurnеу to help mеn rеlіеvе bасk pain nаturаllу, and to hеlр our Marines wоundеd іn thе wаrѕ аnd аіd thеіr fаmіlіеѕ. 

Lоrеdаnа “Lаurіе” Mеіlbесk, a Registered Yоgа Instructor, had hеr wоrld changed fоrеvеr in the form оf аn оvеr-ѕіzеd SUV crushing hеr tiny Ford Eѕсоrt at 65 mіlеѕ аn hоur, аnd brеаkіng hеr bасk. Cоmmоn аnd unfоrtunаtе еnоugh perhaps, but it іѕ thе humаn ѕріrіt growing bеуоnd thіѕ trаgеdу whісh mаkеѕ for inspiring story. Refusing to аllоw hеr ѕріrіt nоr hеr bоdу tо bесоmе dominated bу thіѕ trаgеdу, ѕhе used Yoga tо maintain thе positive ѕріrіt rеԛuіrеd to persevere thrоugh a gruеlіng rehabilitation рrосеѕѕ, to rіѕе аbоvе her physical disability, fіnd bеаutу аgаіn, and bring hеаlth to others wіth her еxреrіеnсе аnd strength. 

Laurie’s lіfе рrіоr to thе accident hаd bееn that оf an оutdооr Sоuthеrn Cаlіfоrnіа girl; wееkеndѕ аt thе осеаn swimming and tаnnіng, іn thе mоuntаіnѕ hіkіng аnd skiing, with аn аbundаnсе of оutdооr life, free аnd mоbіlе. Shе was аn accomplished figure ѕkаtеr, a mоdеl, and a ѕtudеnt of bіоlоgу and nаturаl ѕсіеnсеѕ. Thе mоthеr оf twо vеrу асtіvе kіdѕ, she wаѕ thе ‘Uber-mom’ involved in еvеrуthіng from girl scouts tо BMX rасіng. 

Aftеr ѕuѕtаіnіng the numеrоuѕ lіfе-thrеаtеnіng іnjurіеѕ tо hеr skull, bасk bоnе, іntеrnаl organs, and lіmbѕ, ѕhе hаd tо literally learn tо read, tаlk and wаlk аll оvеr again. Durіng days ѕреnt ѕtudуіng flashcards іn Englіѕh and Italian (her nаtіvе language), tо hоurѕ of рhуѕісаl therapy, еndurіng ѕеvеrаl reconstructive ѕurgеrіеѕ аnd a myriad оf mеdісаtіоnѕ, Lаurіе оftеn heard from dосtоrѕ оf thе limitations thаt hеr lіfе wоuld hаvе: “May nеvеr wаlk аgаіn”, “wоuld lіvе wіth brаіn damage”, “оnlу have a limited сарасіtу to wоrk”, etc. Aѕ thеѕе dаrk рrоѕресtѕ trоublеd her, she quietly bеgаn rесаllіng hеr yoga training, аnd was аіdеd іn the ѕіmрlеѕt роѕеѕ by a frіеnd visiting. Shе bеgаn to сlіng to the belief thаt уоgа practice would рull hеr frоm thе dismal futurе оthеrѕ еnvіѕіоnеd fоr hеr. Wоrkіng ѕlоwlу, she wаѕ аblе tо increase hеr сараbіlіtу tо accomplish more рhуѕісаllу whіlе сlеаrіng hеr mіnd аnd intensifying her роѕіtіvе fосuѕ with mеdіtаtіоn and brеаthіng. 

After 3 mоnthѕ, she wаѕ released from the hоѕріtаl. Stіll suffering many сhаllеngеѕ such as severe headaches аnd bасk раіn, іt wаѕ dіffісult living оn hеr own аnd hаd muсh help frоm family. Shе соntіnuеd hеr Yоgа рrасtісе daily with a friends help. Shе fеlt thаt thе раіn mеdісаtіоnѕ dосtоrѕ hаd рrеѕсrіbеd сlоudеd her аbіlіtу to think аnd mаѕkеd hеr еmоtіоnѕ. In dіѕguѕt оnе dау, she gathered uр hеr раіn medications аnd fluѕhеd thеm all dоwn thе соmmоdе. 

Aѕ the years wеnt on Laurie kерt Yoga аѕ hеr dаіlу practice, соntіnuеd rаіѕіng hеr сhіldrеn, аnd eventually wеnt back to wоrk. With dіlіgеnсе аnd hаrd wоrk, her lіfе began tо tаkе оn a resemblance of hеr bеttеr dауѕ. Feeding оn her lоvе for Yоgа, Lаurіе eventually decided to mаkе Yoga hеr profession. 

Upon bесоmіng registered Yоgа Inѕtruсtоr, Laurie taught аt several local Yоgа studios аnd gуmѕ, while соntіnuіng wіth аddіtіоnаl training, аnd opened hеr ѕmаll private Yоgа studio. 

Onе оf the орроrtunіtіеѕ ѕhе had wаѕ tо teach regular classes аt Mаrіnе Cоrрѕ Bаѕе-Cаmр Pеndlеtоn. In аttеndаnсе аt thеѕе сlаѕѕеѕ wеrе mоѕtlу Marine wіvеѕ whо coaxed thеіr Mаrіnе husbands tо join thеm at a Yоgа сlаѕѕ, and аnоthеr сlаѕѕ was fоr the Wоundеd Warriors, thоѕе rеturnіng frоm the wаrѕ іn Iraq and Afghаnіѕtаn. 

Whіlе mаnу ѕееmеd rеluсtаnt or ѕkерtісаl аt fіrѕt, Laurie experienced wаtсhіng thе transition as thе Yoga сlаѕѕ bесаmе mоrе important and vаluаblе tо thе mеn who attended. 

Lаurіе noticed a mаrkеd іmрrоvеmеnt іn the mеn who participated in hеr сlаѕѕеѕ. Mаnу bеgаn rеturnіng, first аt thе dооr fоr сlаѕѕ аnd eager tо begin, tаlkіng аbоut whісh роѕеѕ thеу lіkеd, the dіѕарреаrаnсе оf ѕtіffnеѕѕ and раіn, іmрrоvеmеnt of thеіr golf gаmе, etc. As a patient уеt сhаllеngіng іnѕtruсtоr, Lаurіе wаѕ rеѕресtеd. Thе оutѕроkеn ѕаtіѕfасtіоn аnd еnjоуmеnt vеrbаlіzеd bу thеѕе men was enough fоr Laurie to rеаlіzе whаt wаѕ needed: a Yоgа class juѕt for mеn. 

Lаurіе realized that іf Yоgа сlаѕѕеѕ could bе ѕо well-received by mеn that ѕhе соuld carry thе message tо еvеn greater numbеrѕ, аnd help mеn аnd women tо еnjоу Yоgа together. 

Durіng thіѕ рrосеѕѕ, Lаurіе hаd a rеvеlаtіоn: thаt hеr trаgіс еxреrіеnсе соuld actually become оnе оf thе grеаtеѕt defining mоmеntѕ of hеr lіfе, аnd thаt yoga wаѕ the key. As a “Marine Mom” hеrѕеlf, ѕhе knеw the sacrifices thаt thе уоung mеn аnd wоmеn made for оur country. As a bасk іnjurу раtіеnt, ѕhе knеw thе сhаllеngеѕ оf rесоvеrу. Shе knеw thе ѕосіаl оbѕtасlеѕ fоr men to еnjоу Yoga, аnd as a compassionate soul, ѕhе knеw that tо trulу enjoy thе lіfе she needed to gіvе tо others. Shе vowed tо turn hеr сhаllеngеѕ into a platform fоr greatness іn hеr lіfе. 

With unbrіdlеd еnthuѕіаѕm, Lаurіе embarked оn a mіѕѕіоn to сrеаtе a yoga сlаѕѕ whісh соuld аttаіn аll of thеѕе gоаlѕ. A yoga сlаѕѕ wіth which mеn соuld іdеntіfу, bу coupling оnе оf thе рrіmаrу аіlmеntѕ thаt mеn еxреrіеnсе-bасk раіn- wіth one оf thе primary рhуѕісаl benefits of Yоgа. In turn, іt wоuld help рrоlіfеrаtе уоgа, аnd those іn need would rесеіvе hеlр. 

Lаurіе ѕеt out to establish a tоnе аnd ѕtуlе thаt wоuld be appealing tо mеn. Thіѕ іnсludеd the setting іn thе rооm, a basic роѕе rоutіnе fосuѕіng оn ѕtrеtсhіng аnd rеlаxіng, lеѕѕ fосuѕ on meditation, уеt a mаіntаіnеd fосuѕ оn brеаthіng аnd physical mоvеmеnt and with a соntеmроrаrу muѕіс selection. In thе many mоnthѕ spent researching and dеѕіgnіng thе Yоgа class, Lаurіе created a class thаt covers thе еntіrе ѕресtrum of rеԛuіrеmеntѕ fоr роѕturе, ѕtrеtсhіng, and ѕtrеngth buіldіng.  

6 Signs You Need New Yoga Clothes

Buying new yoga clothes can be one of the last items on our to-do lists. We’re all busy people, with families and jobs, and homes to take care of, and to shop for practical clothes like yoga outfits can easily get pushed aside. Unfortunately, doing this for too long can leave you in ugly yoga pants, stained t-shirts, or in clothes that no longer fit properly, which can reduce your motivation or even make you too embarrassed to go to class. Clothes are supposed to make you feel good, and with that in mind, here are six signs that you need new yoga clothes right now. 

1. Your Clothes Smell Bad Out Of Wash

Working out means sweating, and over time, your sweat will sink into the clothes and make them smell bad even once they’ve been washed. If your clothes are old enough that sweat stink is an accepted part of them, it’s time to go shopping. 

2. You’ve Lost Weight, And Your Clothes Are Too Big On You

Yoga clothes need to be reasonably tight, so they don’t end up over your head when you’re upside down. If you’ve lost weight recently, because of all the hard work and smart food choices, then your clothes may no longer be right for your new self. Don’t wait for an embarrassing upside down malfunction to buy new clothes. Celebrate your hard work with an outfit that fits. 

3. The Metal In Our Bra Is Rearranging Your Ribs

It is something that any woman will understand. Once your bra gets older, the fabric separating your skin from the metal underwire gets thinner and the metal rubs – painfully. Add a sideways pose that twists the torso, and you could be in a world of hurt. Buy a new one before it comes to this. 

4. The Hems Have All Fallen Down

The terrible thing about loose threads on your clothing is that they exist to be pulled. It will damage the hemming of your clothes, making them more prolonged and more untidy. Pulled threads may also create holes in your outfit in certain key areas, and during a yoga class might be the worst time to find one of those garment holes. 

5. You Have A Chafe Rash

Whether it’s your sports bra or your shorts that are rubbing against your skin, this is a definite sign that your clothes should be thrown out. Chafing can be painful as it can get infected and is extremely unattractive too. There are a lot of clothing options out there, find one that doesn’t do damage to your skin. 

6. Your Clothes Make You Feel Self-Conscious

If you find yourself at your yoga class, always pulling or tugging and trying to get your clothes to move into a different position, then you need to try a different option. Yoga clothes should be comfortable. They should make you feel good, and if they’re not doing that, then they deserve to be replaced with something that does. 

The clothes you wear to yoga can motivate you, inspire you, or just make you feel good. Unfortunately, they can also make you feel embarrassed, frumpy, or make you avoid your workout. To prevent this, make sure that you budget for yoga clothes regularly, and ensure that you look good while you’re working out. 

How To Find The Right Yoga Clothing For You

There are so many types and styles of yoga clothes out there that it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one is best. Not every type of yoga clothing works for every single person, so it can be trickier to find exactly what works best for you. Here are a few factors to keep in mind when finding the best yoga clothes for you.

  • First off, always think about your comfort. The clothes you wear while doing yoga should never hinder you. If staying covered up is essential to you, look for longer tops that can remain in place and keep you covered when performing overhead stretches or bending backward.
  • A huge factor in finding the right yoga clothes is to find the right yoga pants. There are a lot of questions that people ask when it comes to finding the best pants. Which is the best yoga pants material is definitely a question that is asked often. There are many different types out there from natural materials like cotton to synthetic materials like spandex. Many consider the best yoga pants material a blend of the two so that you get the best of both worlds. The cotton allows the pants to be softer and avoid piling while the synthetic materials blended in allow for better wicking of moisture, and they are a bit more breathable.
  • Many are also wondering how tight yoga pants should fit. There is no rule for this, and a lot of it depends on the wearer. Some prefer very loose and baggy pants, some like tighter pants that are more like leggings and some prefer a combination of the two, such as loose pants with elastic around the ankle to keep the pants in place. If you are looking to get yourself some leggings, the pants should never be too tight as they may hinder your movements. The general rule of them for leggings is that they feel like a second set of your own skin while not restricting your legs in any way. Not every legging will work for every person since everyone’s body shape is unique. 
  • Finding what works best for you is also going to take trial and error but could also change over time. You may be feeling more than comfortable in a t-shirt and pajama pants, but as you get better and feel stronger, you may want to switch to leggings and sports bra combo. And also take into account how you are feeling on an individual daily basis too. If you are having a bloated day or just not feeling your best, wear whatever makes you comfortable so that you can do your best and succeed in class. 

As more and more options become available, i.e., more fashion-oriented and exercise-oriented, it can sometimes be confusing trying to figure out what is best. Above all else, your comfort is what matters most. That is what makes you do your best during yoga class. A person wearing a $500 designer outfit and a person wearing $20 leggings are capable of doing the same yoga poses as long as they are comfortable. 

Feel and Look Your Best with These Styling Tips

As women, we are constantly put on the spot for the way we look and the way we dress. I personally needed decades of growing to do to become comfortable in my own skin. Usually, small negative comments can make big dents in our self-perception and self-esteem. We then need a long time to overcome what has been said to us and turn it into something positive and beautiful. But knowing our body right from the inside out will make us much more comfortable with it. With the rediscovered confidence, we can aspire to be more successful at what we do.

Dressing up appropriately for your body type will definitely help you feel confident and comfortable. Moreover, you’ll be able to exude that confidence and even pay it forward. We all have our fair share of insecurities that are based on what is the “societal norm.” Don’t let it stop you from being your best self.

There’s no other piece of clothing that can make you feel as good, grounded, comfortable, and sexy than a good pair of workout leggings. They don’t have to be just your workout gear; you can simply dress them up for more delightful occasions too. My all-time favorite must be the Lululemon leggings as they slip on like silk. It’s hard to just lounge at home in them as they also work like compression pants and call your legs out to the fresh air to move that booty a little.

Regardless of your insecurities, find the best fit for your body so that the leggings’ waist doesn’t roll down. Maybe you feel like the cropped pants are looking too short on your long legs, or possibly, you’re scared that your underwear will show while performing a squat. Plus, you want to focus on the work itself rather than the dysfunction of your workout clothes.

The comfort of super high waisted leggings is that they are perfect for days when you think you ate a little too much, or maybe, it’s “that time of the month” and the compression waist hugs your belly in just a little. I also love them during cooler months as they go all the way up, covering my waistline and making me feel cozy and warm.

Compression leggings are moreover great for nicer occasions, and I’d definitely wear them under skirts or dresses for times when I should be a little up dressed. They also offer amazing support even better like your favorite jeans.

I hear you! You might be self-conscious about how your booty will look in tight leggings. Here’s how I see it. High waisted leggings make your booty proportional by framing it nicely. So, I say, give them a try. You can always pair them with a shirt or a skirt that covers your booty. Look for the kind of skirt with small details, like seams or a Hem. They make a big difference, especially when we are looking at solid-color body shapers.

I like to own neutral pieces of clothing that I can pair together in a hundred different ways. I also like to prepare what I’m going to wear the next day, the night before. That gives me one less thing to worry about in the morning. Plus, I have outfit combinations that I know fit me perfectly when my imagination does not wake up by the time I need to run out the door.

Black leggings are definitely the one piece of clothing I cannot live without. They are simple and versatile for when you need to feel comfortable and to look confident. They are my confident go-to boosters. What are yours?

Soothing Yoga Poses for Lower Back Pain

There are a few causes for lower back pain. First, the lack of lower back mobility. Secondly, the lack of lower back strength. The third is the lack of core strength that can cause lower back pain. The back and front of your body relate and greatly affect each other. If you feel lower back pain you can practice certain yoga poses to address these lower back and core issues.

Yoga’s ultimate goal is to unite the mind, body, and spirit. uniquely heals the body while aligning it to something deeper.

Stretching the hamstring muscles (back of the thigh muscles) increases pelvis flexibility, which relieves stress in the back.

Stretching increases blood flow and nutrients to the back and flush out toxins.

Breath deep and consistently while in the posture and transitioning postures to increase circulation. Breathing also moves stagnant energy and improves the mind-body connection. A calm mind will further help relax your back muscles.

1. Standing Forward Fold Pose

A lot of people think that this pose is all about touching your toes, the back rounds. However, it is important to seal off as much space as possible between your upper thighs and your core. This often means bending your knees and fold in as much as possible. This helps your lower back release and provide relief from lower back pain. Then from there, once you achieve this folded position, you can push up through the heels to slowly and safely increase the stretch in the hamstring area.

2. Cat/Cow Pose

This is generally used as a warm-up for the core and lower spine.

  1. From all fours, as you inhale, arch the spine as much as possible to do the cow pose.
  2. Pull the chest forward while pulling the shoulders back.
  3. Push into the ground so you can press the shoulder blades into the back as much as you can.
  4. For the cat pose, round the back as much as possible.
  5. Your shoulder blades will now pull apart.
  6. Push through the hands to get a deep stretch.
  7. You want to let the head drop and tuck the tailbone under.
  8. Continue flowing through these poses 5 to 10 times with an inhale-cow pose and exhale-cat pose.

3. Cobra Pose

This pose is all about lower back strength. You will need to use your core while using your back strength. Think of compressing your core and lifting your chest off the ground without using your chest. Once you have arched up, broaden through the chest keep your knees touching the ground. When you are ready to come down, simply ease down towards the ground. To do the full cobra, press up and lift the whole chest off the ground. Test your back strength by lifting the hands off the ground briefly.

4. Staff Pose

This pose will help build your core strength.

  1. To do this pose sit down on the ground with legs straight out in front of you.
  2. Flex the feet and keep the legs active.
  3. Pretend that you have an imaginary wall behind you and push your core forward rounding the back.
  4. Engage your core as you lift up as tall as possible.
  5. Next, lift arms straight up parallel to each other.
  6. Stay here for 5 to 10 breaths.

This is also good to prevent back pain in the future.

How To Be More Creative In Exercise

Exercise can after some time get monotonous and not as exciting as in the start. Often this makes people unmotivated, and they start feeling like they’ve hit their plateau. If you are at this place, it would be of great help to try some different things and approaches to your exercise routine. Since you already have some experience and knowledge, now it is a great time to add a bit more creativity to the practice, to make it more personal and fit to your current body state. It will most likely also break your mental barriers and activate the muscles in the way you possibly never did before. So, jump in your workout clothes and for a start try some of these methods to make your exercises something you look forward to doing again.

Learn From Animals

Human bodies are capable of moving and working in more ways than any other creature on earth. As a result, we are able to copy the movements of animals. Animals have been an inspiration for training for thousands of years, which can be seen in ancient practices such as martial arts and yoga. Kung fu, for example, has many styles created directly from observing and imitation of certain animals. These styles are known to be very successful in real fights, also making the practitioners strong, flexible and skilled in their movements. Yoga, on the other hand, has numerous postures named and influenced by bodies and stances of different creatures. 

You can inspire yourself with those and try to make some exercises yourself. Regardless of your usual practice, this is an excellent way of exploring what your body is capable of doing while also having fun. See how the animals move in nature and try to copy the movement to engage both your body and mind. It can be a bit hard at first since we are used to being told how to move and practice. But it will remind us to play again. Also getting out of our comfort zone this way will help us to open our mind to new ideas even outside of the training room. Animal movements are a great approach to exercise even in modern times since they are known to develop our strength and flexibility in the most natural way.

Music

Music is commonly acting just as a background in exercise and is directly used mostly in dance practice. But you can try to work along with the rhythm in any exercise. It can be used for more flow in yoga, or to control the number and speed of repetitions in strength training. Working along with music is another way to get off your usual workout schedule creating more space for creative and dynamic practice. 

Make Use Of Props

Many training styles, such as dance, Pilates and yoga make use of different props for the practice. You don’t have to use one of the already known ones, take anything you can find around the house to play with. Books, chairs or a broom can all become a useful workout prop. Experiment and see how you can use it. Take this practice outside, too. You can use walls, benches, and ramps in many different ways. If you can’t think of anything to do outside, you can find your inspiration in practices such as parkour, freerunning and street workout.

These are just some of the possible ways you can boost your practice as you develop your creativity. Feel free to explore and do anything that makes you feel happy and fulfilled. 

How to Fly a Crow

Yoga arm balances are very fun, yet challenging. It’s always enough room for constant progress. Once you master an arm balance, there’s a whole new level where you can practice, challenge yourself and play, and these things happen alongside your journey towards unmasking your true Self. 

In practicing Yoga arm balances, you do not only develop your body strength and sense of balance, but you also allow the practice of opening up to your vulnerabilities and develop them as strengths, not weaknesses. The pose promotes faith, both in practice and within oneself. These arm balances are also a very creative way to express yourself and allow your thought to manifest in the form of body control physically. 

Level Up The Basics

A Flying Crow is a progression from a Crow Pose. Before jumping into Flying Crow, make sure you have mastered the basic foundation of arm balances, that is a Crow Pose.

Crow Pose/ Bakasana: This basic arm balance is the best way to build the strength that your arms need to support your body weight. It’s also a very efficient pose to help you find your center of gravity. Mastering the Crow Pose opens up the gate to a wide range of arm balances you can learn in no time, by merely familiarizing your body to its point of balance. 

  • How: Begin by sitting in a squat position. Then, plant your hands on the ground shoulder-width apart, allowing your knees to rest on your triceps. Round your back while sucking your belly in. Inhale, and lift your hips while sending your weight forward, as your triceps hold your weight. Keep sending your weight forward while pressing away from the floor until both of your feet are lifted. Work on holding this pose for 30 seconds, then master it by holding the pose for a minute.

Flying Crow: Once you’ve mastered your Crow Pose, learning a Flying Crow won’t take a long time. Though at the beginning you may find that one side is easier to do than the other, practicing this arm balance on both sides is a must to ensure equal strength on both arms. 

  • How: Flow into your Crow Pose. Then slowly shift all your weight to your right arm. An efficient way to broaden your balancing area is to spread your fingers wide. When all your weight is placed on your right, tuck your left leg to your chest and hold the position for three breaths to allow your body to remember the movement. Keep in mind to always push away from the ground. Do the same technique on the other side. Once you get comfortable tucking your leg, extend it back and up in the air and point your toes to make sure your muscles are all engaged. Now you’re a Flying Crow! Stay in this position for five breaths and feel the strength and balance while flying.

Take Your Flying Suit

Arm balances are not easy. They require passion, faith, and consistency. Fitting in some leggings that can keep up with your discipline demands is important. Here’s a pair of high-waisted leggings that you’ll definitely adore for their functionality, durability, and comfort.

LNDR Eight Eight High Waist Leggings. These compression pants’ stretch-knit are uniquely designed to wick moisture, being crafted with antibacterial yarn. Their compression zones are placed in the upper leg and thighs to ensure better flow of blood. These workout leggings are very comfortable Yoga pants for women with their breathable, transparent panels running across the calves and knees. 

Be patient with yourself. You may not get the pose on the first try, but with regular practice nothing is impossible. There is always room for improvement. Absorb the realizations that come your way and make sure to enjoy your learning journey!

Sole Searching: How & Why to Start Showing Your Feet Some Love

 

Reflect on the past 24 hours of your life. Where did you go? What did you do? Now, realize that your feet took you everywhere you needed to be, not only quietly accompanying you on the journey, but literally supporting you through all those moments. Often overlooked on the list of things we’re thankful for, if you think just how much use and abuse our feet endure, it’s truly incredible. Much of yoga is about awareness, so let’s give some attention to an under appreciated part of our bodies – our feet.

 

 

A lot weighs on our feet, both literally and metaphorically. Most obviously, the feet play a critical role in movement and mobility. However, they support more than just our bodies, especially when assisting others or carrying items. In addition to helping us get around, the simple support of our feet can have a huge impact on the rest of our body alignment.

 

When an injury or discomfort of the foot causes us to compensate by adjusting our gait, body weight can quickly become distributed in an unhealthy manner. For example, simply walking on the inside of the foot to avoid a blister on the outer edge can cause stress to the ankle and place the knee joint in a dangerous position that can cause a greater injury over time.

 

 

Attentive foot care is important for everyone, and it can particularly benefit yogis in balance poses, general body alignment, and overall body awareness. Here are a few ways to show kindness to your feet:

 

If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t, don’t. Society has erroneously trained us into believing that smaller feet on women are more beautiful, and bigger feet on men are more desirable. Often, this translates into women squeezing into a half-size smaller than they would naturally wear, and men ordering a size up to make their shoe size seem larger. This can cause serious discomfort and damage to your feet.

 

Shoes that are too small can scrunch toes into uncomfortable positions, making them unable to properly distribute body weight or maintain balance. Shoes that are too small can form gaps that result in abnormal rubbing and blisters. Honor your body by wearing your appropriate size.

 

 

Nail care. While some delight in regular pedicures, others cringe at the thought of taking time out of the day to trim toenails. Moderation is key when it comes to nail care. Excessive trimming can cause ingrown nails to form, while negligence can result in bacteria buildup.

 

Go bare every now and then. Weather permitting, it is super beneficial to air your feet out every now and then and wear sandals instead of shoes. Being constricted in socks and shoes all day can cause bacteria to grow. Similarly, give your toenails a break from nail polish every now and then to allow the nail to breathe in oxygen. You’ll notice that the clarity of the nail will improve.

 

Show your feet some love today and every day of your yoga journey to a harmonious mind, body, and spirit.