May is Arthritis Awareness Month and because your feet and ankles are common places to get arthritis, I put together these two videos.
Both are easy exercises for foot and ankle arthritis but can also be used to support foot and joint health in general.
This first exercise is great for your arches but can be intense so ‘exercise’ caution. If it’s too hard to get on and off the floor, this exercise can also be done in a chair. Take your foot to the outside edge of the chair leg and press down on the tips of your toes with your heel in the air. Then put the top of the toes/foot on the floor and press gently down. Repeat with the other foot.
This exercise can be a great mid day break to reconnect with your body too. Asymmetrical movements help us strengthen our brain/body connection. They also take so much concentration it’s hard to think about anything else.
As I stress in the video below, make sure this doesn’t strain any joints. Keep everything in a comfortable range of motion for yourself.
If you liked these exercises for foot and ankle arthritis, watch my videos for hand arthritis.
My specialty within yoga for arthritis is Aqua Yoga for Arthritis.
I’ve taught 100’s of people in live classes and helped them achieve results that improved their daily lives like:
🧘 getting on and off the floor again
🤻 being able to use the stairs
🚶 ditching the assistive devices
👟 throwing out the sensible shoes
🧎 rehabbing after joint replacements,
🛌 and getting a decent night’s sleep.
And finally, I get to do that for you long-distance too. The Aqua Yoga for Arthritis course is the culmination of hundreds of hours of training geared towards exercise and pain management for arthritis. As well as my lived experience of managing multiple kinds of arthritis through yoga.
Yoga improves arthritis through more than movement and the course gives you a suite of resources to apply the full 8 limbs of yoga. From a professionally produced practice class for the days you feel good and want to build strength and flexibility, to a downloadable workbook for the days when a physical practice isn’t possible. Plus a one on one session to customize all these techniques for your needs and type of arthritis.
The resources are grounded in best practice from the science, in line with yoga philosophy, and approved by regular people bettering their lives with these techniques. I’m really looking forward to working with you.