July 3, 2014

#9 "Yoga Minute" Toes to Hip Movement

In this "Toes to Hip Movement" pose we are working the toes, feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs and hips. Simple movement that does a lot. Works everything from the toes to the hips with one flowing movement in a seated or lying position. Fairly aggressive with the toes and feet and gentler closer to the hip.

The feet are our foundation and we never give them enough, if any attention. This movement helps with that. The gentle movement imitates stepping on a gas peddle and letting off the gas pedal of an automobile multiple times helping bring circulation to most if not all of the joints from our toes to our hips. This pose can also help with swollen ankles and help prevent blood clots if you're bedfast. Also if you're in a car, train or plane for any amount of time this is a great pose to keep the fluids flowing and lubricating the joints. If you're bedfast you may want to try putting a small pillow or blanket under the knee for comfort.

You can do 5 to 20 reps per leg. This pose can be repeated every hour if it's comfortable to do. If bedfast or traveling for hours with minimal movement this pose will definitely be beneficial for you. And when it's time to move you will find you're able to move without feeling so stiff.

For best results and comfort while practicing this pose in a chair, slide forward to the edge of the seat allowing most of the legs off the seat. If not able to slide forward in the case of being in a wheelchair, place something under the heel to give you enough height so the back of the upper leg is not binding against the seat when moving in the pose.

Lets get going and step on the gas and notice the difference!

These videos are designed for inactive beginners, seniors, baby Boomers 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 "Yoga Chuck”.
All poses should be a No Pain No Pain practice and avoid having discomfort. 

Happy & Healthy,
Yoga Chuck


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