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Amazing feet

Feet are amazing …… 28 bones, 33 joints, 12 ligaments and 34 muscles.  They support us for hours each and every day … whether we are walking, running, standing or even sitting with feet on floor.  A recent article in Saga magazine stated that by the time we are 50, our feet have covered 75,000 miles … yes, you read that right, 75,000 miles.

And of course in yoga our feet play both a physical and symbolic role – helping us grip our mats in standing asanas like Warrior 1 and 2, enabling our standing poses like Dancer and Tree. We often use the symbolism of feeling our feet being ground when we need to feel ‘still’ or ‘grounded’.  And if you’ve ever enjoyed a walking meditation, you’ll know all about how wonderfully the feet can convey the feeling of the ground beneath you.

So it’s well worth looking after your feet – a bit of regular tlc

  1.  Wear comfortable shoes – as least most of the time!
  2. Vary heel heights – good for both feet and legs
  3.  Avoid dry skin building up and keep feet well moisturised
  4. Exercise the feet regularly

Some examples of good exercises for feet:

  1. Lay with legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) – your legs and back will love this too
  2. Whilst standing, try to create a space between each toe – gives a lovely stretch
  3. Whilst standing, try and move the big toe away from your first toe – supposed to alleviate bunion pain
  4. Whilst standing, lift each toe in turn (if you can)
  5. Whilst seated or standing – roll a tennis ball around under your foot – said to alleviate plantar fascitis
  6. Whilst sitting or laying, with leg straight, point and flex foot – good stretch

And I love this wonderful quote from Thich Nhat Hanh

Image result for poem about lovely feet

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Flippin’ Incense!

I’ve written about my loathing of smelly smokey incense sticks before… but after what might have been a wonderful browse round an interesting shop yesterday, feel compelled to write again!

I’d planned a trip to a lovely shop selling beautiful crystals and was looking forward to browsing and treating myself to some lovely new crystals.

Hmmmm that was the plan … but the shop owner had chosen to have lots of those wretched smokey, probably carcinogenic incense sticks burning. Within a couple of minutes my nose was running, then the coughing started, soon followed by itching skin .. so I chose to leave.  For the rest of the day I had a headache and was coughing.

How is this a great customer experience?  I realise that the shop was trying to create a nice atmosphere, but as I’ve mentioned this issue to friends, several have commented they have exactly the same problem and avoid yoga studios, shops and centres that use incense sticks.

So come on people .. think of your customers and get rid of those horrid joss sticks!!

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