'The yoga pose you avoid the most is probably the one you need'
Gawwwwwd I used to avoid the #toesquat
like the plague! I think it was all those years in my corporate life wearing heels, driving long distances or standing on my feet all day. Now.... it's snowboard boots! But the pose was too uncomfortable, it was too much like hard work and I didn't have the concentration, patience or acceptance to practice day by day, little by little.
In Yin Yoga we adopt the Chinese Meridian concept where by we trigger acupressure points to release blockages or stimulate particular areas of the body to improve health (mind and body) and with most meridians either starting or finishing in the feet it was time to plan into my sequencing and I can honestly say its starting to feel pleasurable, my feet feel much better and 'most people are greatful to practice this pose.
Physically this pose opens up the toes and strengthens the ankles. It also stimulates all six lines of the lower body meridians so a great one to practice. Its also good for concentration, focus and will power - BUT DO NOT INVITE PAIN.
If you would like to try, begin by sitting on your heels and feet together. Tuck the toes under and try to be on the balls of your feet - reach down to tuck the little toes under if you need to. It can get intense quite quickly so go easy on yourself - to come out please be VERY SLOW and reach hands forward tapping feet/toes behind you. Maybe go into child's pose and rest here for a few minutes afterwards.
Work up to 2/3 mins over time and monitor any changes as you progress 🙏👌