Plantar Fasciitis in Yoga

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Yoga Practice Tips | 0 comments

Plantar Fasciitis in Yoga

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascia on the soul of the foot. Unfortunately stretching the soul of the foot which is necessary for healing can be very painful. I recommend first looking at any big stressors in ones life…. a move, the passing of a loved one, some nagging something that created stress, to see in what way self-care and kindness is being called for. When moving into healing practices, see what you can do to connect to your breath or some meditation practice that calms you down.

In yoga class stretching the foot will be painful and may even cause more inflammation the next day, however stretching is necessary to alter the pattern of inflammation.  It takes courage but it can be done.

I recommended poses such as downward facing dog pose with the heels supported on a wall but not flat on the floor, uttanasana or standing forward fold with a towel or mat roll under the ball of the foot so the heel is lower and the calf is stretched optimally, and any standing poses with the front foot elevated to 45° with the support of the wall or a Three Minute Egg. Also, to tone the muscles of the soul I recommend toe raises with one hand on a wall or other support. Simply raise up onto the ball of your foot and slowly lower your heels back down several times.

Please watch this video for further expert guidance from an athlete and Doctor, including a new use for a rolling pin! Namaste. Lillah

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