We’re accustomed to ‘setting the foundation’ of a pose through the ‘four corners’ of the feet in yoga, and this model does indeed have its usefulness. Nevertheless, it doesn’t quite fit the functional reality of how the foot works, or its connections to muscles that fine-tune the actions of the knees and hips.
In this webinar, Doug will introduce a way of thinking about the feet based upon (but not limited to) some ideas introduced at one point by BKS Iyengar. Doug will introduce the fundamentals of these ideas — which are well-founded in the anatomy of the foot. And he’ll take them much further, both in terms of simple instructions for feeling how this works in your own feet, and also the myofascial connections to the points in the feet that are key to stability in the arches and ankles, the health of the knees, and the mobility of the hips. All of this will be demonstrated in terms of how this works in asana practice.
He’ll tie this into the ‘Core’ myofascial line described by Tom Myers, connecting through the psoas, pelvic floor and diaphragm. This will bring more depth and clarity to the idea of the ‘spirals’ of the legs used in dynamic alignment with the core in asana, which he’ll lay out in clear, news-you-can-use detail. This will have ramifications especially for the sacroiliac joints and low back..
There will be lots of applications given in poses during the 3-hour presentation. In addition, a pre-recorded asana practice applying these ideas will be included that you can do in your own time and at your own pace after the presentation, to fully experience how these insights are transformative in your asana practice — and for teachers, in your teaching.