Many of us spend a lot of our day on our feet. Often in shoes that are not as supportive as they should be. At the end of the day, we find ourselves with tired, achy feet. I came across some great yoga poses that help relieve tired/achy feet and give your lower body a great stretch. These are the perfect way to end the day and give your feet some much needed TLC!
Downward dog works wonders for stretching out the back of our body. This pose stretches our hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendons. Once you are comfortably in the pose, try alternating heel raises and bicycling your feet to get some movement into the pose. Be sure to press down firmly into the foot on the floor to increase the stretch in the back of that leg. If your heels don’t yet touch the ground, place a rolled up blanket or yoga mat under the heels for modification.
Tree pose is great for improving balance and strengthening feet. For added stretching, try doing this pose on top of a yoga block. Standing on a block in tree pose will destabilize the standing foot and help to build strength in the foot.
With proper alignment, this pose stretches the tops of the feet and ankles, helping to counteract the damage of daily activities such as walking, running, or bicycling. It also encourages strong, properly developed arches in the feet; lengthens the quadriceps; and broadens the sacrum area, which is often congested from long days spent sitting in a chair.
Bound Angle Pose
With your feet placed together and in your view, you’ll really be able to see if you have flat feet or high arches that need to be stretched. You can place a tennis ball between your feet to gently roll back and forth while helping to stretch fascia.
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