“Lift and spread your toes”. You’ll hear this while setting up for Tadasana. The goal is to create a sturdy, rooted base for the foundation of this pose.
These two small planks at the end of our body are powerful. Your feet are responsible for our ability to walk, run, jump, and yoga. Besides in Mountain Pose, how often are you aware of your feet and each little piggy? Here are a couple reasons to give your roots more love:
1. 1/4 of all the bones in the body are in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.
2. A small percentage of people are born with foot problems, yet 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot health issues in their lifetime. Squishing your feet into ill-fitting shoes can cause small muscles in the foot to weaken, leading to a variety of foot problems.
3. During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
5. Your toes, each significant, are designed to spread for push off and balance. Give them room to do what they are designed to do.
Spreading your toes is the best thing you can do for your feet. Strong feet enhance stability, agility, and full-body support. Spread ‘em (in ToeSox is even better).