Yoga + deformed feet = ?
August 15, 2011 9:54 PM Subscribe
I want to like yoga, but I have zero flexibility in my feet/ankles. Do I keep trying or move on?
posted by Maarika to health & fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been trying out yoga at the gym, but I think I might be too deformed to get much out of it. When I was a baby I had leg casts and corrective shoes due to curved feet, and I've had ultra-flat feet with no arches ever since. I've never been able to point my toes (much to the dismay of my synchronized swimming coaches), and sitting on my feet like in the yoga child's pose is both impossible and a form of torture. My feet simply don't bend - it's like those bones that appear on the top of the foot when other people point their toes don't exist in my feet. I'm horribly inflexible in general (which is why I started going to yoga), but this is some major foot incompatibility. Has anyone else had this problem?
At my yoga class today it seemed like 75% of the poses involved laying/sitting with the tops of the feet touching the ground. It didn't go well. The instructor was a sub, and she seemed to be doing more advanced stuff than I'm used to. Is this foot position what I have to look forward to in non-beginner yoga? Can I get by in yoga with my foot limitations, or should I cut my losses and do something else?