By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga
Kiss My Foot is one of those poses that you “love to hate” but is so necessary. Typically we do not externally rotate our hips so they get tight and ouchy. It is healthy to help our entire body tuned, balanced and open. This is also the kind of pose that we need to reinforce using our breath. Breathing consciously is totally essential while doing Kiss My Foot. Maximize your experience by keeping your thoughts open and encouraging. Steady breathing combined with an open mind can offer you an overwhelming sense of certainty and openness.
When in breast cancer recovery we may lose our ability to be flexible because of treatments, stress or other possible demands made on us. We need to approach our recovery with a total whole body approach, and the hips are part of that. Great pose to challenge yourself in. It’s benefits are felt right away once your release out of it.
- Increases external range of motion of femur in hip socket
- Lengthens hip flexors, thighs and calves
- Great opening in outer hips and buttocks
- Prepares body for seated postures such as (Lotus Pose)
- Stretches hips and groin deeply
- Extends top of foot
- Gently stimulates abdominal organs, which helps to stimulate digestion and metabolism.
- Calms the mind
- Relieves anxiety, tension and stress
- Begin seated on folded blanket or bolster so pelvis tilts forward. This allows the spine to comfortably lengthen. Make sure you are high enough, and support your knees if needed.
- Take the right foot in as close to the pelvis. Straighten the foot (point).
- Place a block, bolster or folded blanket in front. Then place left foot on the prop in front. Aim to have the knee and ankle equal/parallel. Again this foot should also point.
- Draw the buttocks back. Can use your hand on each buttock cheek to help encourage the pelvic tilt.
- Lengthen up, draw shoulders onto back body and breathe. Let the breath begin to de-stress any tightness you may feel in the hips. Stay and breath until that release is felt.
- If ready and you can keep the shoulders back, chin in line with the spine – begin to hinge forward. This will increase the tension in the hips and buttocks.
- If in pose long enough and flexible enough you can place your forehead in the soul of foot. Hence Kiss My Foot.
About Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at email@example.com if you have questions.