Walk with confidence and put your best foot forward
Yoga says that when our mind is rushed, we walk with our ‘tunnel vision’ eyes instead of with our ‘path forming’ feet. Someone calls on the phone, we rush to answer it, our eyes forget where our feet are going, and we trip over something. Ever since you learned ‘head, shoulders, knees, and toes,’ you’ve been conditioned toward tunnel vision. Yoga teaches that we can avoid all pitfalls by forming the opposite stature: ‘toes, knees, shoulders, head’.
We can also avoid pitfalls by thinking twice about wearing shoes all day.
While shoes keep our feet protected from harsh surfaces, they also prevent our feet from sensation and reaching their full range of motion. Shoeless, you can wiggle your toes, articulate your arches, and feel sensations through the soles of your feet.
By shifting your focus to your bare feet, your feet will develop sensitivity. It's this sensitivity and awareness that will help your mind and body work together to stay one step ahead of any potential falls.
We can also stay ahead of potential falls and injury by walking with confidence and making sure your first step is an affirmative one.
Each time you stand to take a first step, press your foot firmly against the ground like you were stomping it. Emphasize that the beginning of any task or action must start from a firm footing. Don’t walk through life like a zombie, walk with some pep in your step!
Now, try this exercise, which relies on and helps strengthen your physical and mental faculties:
- Find an uncluttered space.
- Stand barefoot, tall, and confident.
- Cover your tunnel vision eyes with your palms.
- Trust your feet.
- No peeking!! Repeat the phrase: ‘toes, knees, shoulders, head’ as you sense each body part.
- Push gently against your eyes and feel your weight shift backward.
- Affirm that your feet are strong enough to meet the resistance.
- When you finally uncover your eyes, pretend like you were stomping your feet.
- Walk around with confidence, bouncing your knees and doing a twirl if you’d like.
- Find another place to affirm your stance, and cover your eyes again, etc.
Yoga can help strengthen mental and physical muscles. Click here to learn more yoga tips and all about its benefits as we age!
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