With each passing day, with each TV news cycle, radio chatter and Twitter babble, we hear the refrain, “I can’t stand so and so.” It doesn’t matter who the person is or which point of view they represent. They are intolerable simply because they lie on the opposite side of a set of opinions or ideologies with which you have staunchly identified. What yoga makes you realize is that your inability to stand anyone or anything is related to your inefficiency at balancing your body while standing. That might sound absurd, far fetched, or overly simplistic. But if you actually go into it and examine the way you are distributing your body’s weight over the arches of your feet, what you find out is that the more you come to an organized equilibrium, the less identified you become with certain thought patterns and ideas. It’s not that you don’t still have those thoughts or ideas, it’s just that the charge of identification, and the anger that often accompanies it, has evaporated.
In our quest to promote well-being, we thought it a good idea to focus our recent videos on fostering understanding. How, you might ask? Each of our newest releases was designed to reshape the arches of your feet by freeing the ankles and stretching the toes. Each is guaranteed to improve the way you stand. Foot Loose is not really an homage to Kevin Bacon as much as an intelligent sequence of poses that progressively opens the soles of the feet. Then the newest addition to the Encyclopedia of 50 Essential Poses presents one of the all-time greatest ways to remove fatigue from the legs after hours of standing, walking, running, or hiking: Reclined Hero’s Pose. Don’t let either of the cover photos of these videos intimidate you. I assure you that if you go at your own pace and honor your limits, the poses will gradually and naturally unfold you. Hope you enjoy!