Our foot is one of the most vital part of our body, but quite unfortunately, it is one of the most ignored too. Weak feet will not get you anywhere. Strength in your legs and feet is very important for your overall health. Strengthening your feet and toes help you with a better posture. Our feet gives us a strong foundation and play the most important role in our mobility. There are many yoga asanas which are designed to help our feet stay strong and healthy. Here are 5 yoga poses for Strong Feet.
VRIKSASANA | Tree Pose
Vrikshasana, or the tree pose, is one of the most basic postures in Yoga. The name comes from the Sanskrit words vriksha meaning "tree", and asana meaning "posture".
Start by standing straight on a yoga mat. Now, transfer all your weight onto your left leg and slowly bend your right leg at the knee. Reach down and hold on to your right ankle and pull it all the way up, placing your heel as close to your groin as possible. Now, bring your hands to your chest, joining at the palms, such that your hands are aligned with your leg.
This posture improves balance, stability, posture and concentration. It also increases the range of the motion of the hips and tones the muscles of the legs, back and chest.
UTTHITA HASTA PADANGUSTHASANA | Extended Hand to Big-Toe Pose
Standing Hand to Big Toe Pose gets its name from five Sanskrit words "Utthita" (extended), "hasta" (hand), "pada" (foot), "angusta" (big toe) and "asana" (pose).
Bend your right leg at the knees and lift them up. Hold on to your right big toe using your right hand and then carefully stretch your leg out. Bend forward slightly, placing your forehead on your upper leg. Go back up and bring your right leg to your right side, holding on to the big toe, with your leg completely stretched out.
It strengthens the legs and ankles, stretches the backs of the legs and improves sense of balance in the practitioner.
TRIKONASANA | Triangle Pose
Triangle Pose is a standing yoga pose. The word "Trikonasana" comes from the Sanskrit words "tri," (three), "kona"(angle), and "asana" (pose).
Standing straight on the yoga mat, placing your hands on your hips. Place both your legs apart and raise your hands to your sides. Now, slowly push yourself forward and fold at your hips, bending down. Hold on to your left foot and raise your right hand up towards the ceiling. Turn your head to look at your hand.
A deep stretch for the hamstrings, groins, and hips, Trikonasana also opens the chest and shoulders. This pose strengthens the muscles in the thighs, hips, and back, while toning the knees and ankles.
VIRABHADRASANA II | Warrior Pose 2
Warrior 2 — Virabhadrasana II is a standing yoga pose named after a mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadra.
Start with the warrior 1 pose. Now, bring your hands that are stretched upwards down towards your sides so that they are parallel to the ground, bringing your upper body away from the knee while still maintaining the position of the knees.
A powerful stretch for the legs, groins, and chest. This is a deep hip-opening pose that strengthens the muscles in the thighs and buttocks. It tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet.
UTKATASANA | Chair Pose
Utkatasana, or the Chair Pose, is a standing yoga posture that is just like sitting on a chair except that you need to balance yourself without the use of a chair.
Stand straight with your spine stretched. Slowly and gently, bring your butt backwards and bend your knees until you’re in a sitting position. Now, raise your arms all the way upwards as you inhale and make sure your breathing normal deep breaths.
This asana increases strength, balance and stability. It also strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves and spine. And it stimulates your abdominal organs, diaphragm and heart.
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