Did you know the ‘97-’98 Chicago Bulls team did yoga? That team included a Michael and Scottie combo going for title No. 6 and peak Dennis Rodman (the hair, dating Madonna, getting married to himself).
It’s a hilarious but instructive image: If those guys can get health or performance benefits out of doing yoga, then the rest of us probably can, too.
In fact, Paula Kout, who taught the Bulls yoga in her Evanston studio, told Yoga Journal that many of us underestimate the strain we put on our feet and ankles.
“The ankle is not a big joint, but it’s so pivotal,” Kout said.
There are several benefits to keeping that ankle joint, and the rest of our lower extremities, loose and exercised with regular yoga practice. Yoga’s foot and ankle benefits include:
- Reducing ankle sprains, the most common sports injury
- Increasing the sense of joint position and balance
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Losing weight; after all, your feet bear every pound you carry
Those benefits all add up to improved mobility, greater levels of comfort and the reduced likelihood of injury. These three points only take on more importance as we get older, so that’s why getting into a habit of doing yoga regularly could be a huge overall boost to your health.
Below are 20 yoga exercise videos to get you started. If you already practice yoga, then use these videos as a chance to put a particular emphasis on a part of the body that often gets overlooked.
And if you’re new to yoga, try one or two videos to get comfortable with it. If you have a local instructor available, reach out to see how you can incorporate yoga practice into your existing health routine.
Yoga – Easy Exercises For Feet
Yoga Ankle Exercises For Beginners
Medicine Yoga Ankle & Foot Exercises
Yoga At Home: Ankle and Feet Stretches
Yoga For Feet and Ankles with Jamie Shane
Blip.tv’s Yoga for the Feet and Ankles
Yoga Therapy for Healthy Feet, Ankles and Knees
Avoiding Foot Cramps When Doing Yoga
3 Tips for Protecting Ankles and Knees During Yoga
Lining Up Hips, Knees, Ankles and Feet
Strength and Flexibility
Angle Flexibility, Stability and Strength
Ankle Strengthening For Foot Pain & Flat Feet Parts I and II
Yoga For Surfers: Ankle Stretch for Stronger Feet
Yoga As Therapy
Yoga Tune Up: Foot Pain Relief
Yoga For Arthritis: The Feet and Ankles
Feet & Ankle Yoga Therapy
Thai Yoga Massage: Foot & Ankle Rotation
Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls — Legs, Ankles and Feet
How To Relieve Foot Pain & Foot Tension with Yoga
Yoga For Ankle Pain
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