November 12, 2014

#27 "Yoga Minute" Heel Stand/Toe Stand pose

This seated "Heel Stand/Toe Stand" pose may help bring life back to your feet.

Begin from a comfortable seated position with the shoulders over the hips, head above the heart, soles of the feet resting comfortably on the floor without shoes.

Lift the heels as high as comfortable coming up unto the balls of your feet and toes. Then drop the heels and lift the balls of the feet and toes, flexing the feet. You can flow at your pace working up to at least 10 repetitions. If comfortable add another set of 10 repetitions with a minute rest between. You can also lift the heels for a count of 4, hold heels up for a count of 4, then drop the heels with a count of 4 back to the floor, hold for a count of 4 then continue with the next rep.

Benefits: Strengthen the toes, ankles and calves. It may also help restore stability and balance. Circulation is a big benefit that adds synovial fluid (lubrication) to all the joints.

We put our feet into our shoes at the beginning of the day and take them off at the end of the day. "Heel Stand/Toe Stand" gives our feet some over due attention they need.

"Heel Stand/Toe Stand" works the plantar fascia ligament that runs from the heel to the toes. This exercise to the plantar fascia may prevent plantar fasciitis or help in the healing of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot. Also, if you experience peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy of the feet could be nerve damage, often causes weakness, numbness and pain in your feet.

"Heel Stand/Toe Stand" pose may help get some sensitivity back to the feet and help with balance and walking.

These videos are designed for inactive beginners, seniors and people with most any illness or injury. The majority of these poses are in a chair and most can be done from a wheelchair. I’ll also be posting these videos on my You Tube Channel “Yoga Chuck” and Facebook page “Real Yoga, LLC”. All poses should be a No Pain No Pain practice and avoid having discomfort. 

Happy & Healthy,
Yoga Chuck

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