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It's Not Just About Your Uterus and Ovaries
a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon
When we think of body parts important for fertility, we think of our reproductive organs. We picture our uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes . . . but our feet? They don't enter the picture.
Well, believe it or not, when we start talking about yoga anatomy and fertility, the feet are major fertility players. The challenges of fertility lead us away from our feet into our head as we obsessively research and spin our mental wheels. Yoga teaches us to look to our feet for better menstrual function, to dispel toxins and to improve immunity.
So what’s so special about our feet? In yoga, the feet are seen as the foundation that connects us with the earth. The most basic of yoga poses, mountain pose, challenges us to simply stand and find balance from our feet to the top of our head. If we close our eyes in mountain pose, we can visualize the outlines of our feet on our yoga mat . . . literally our footprint in the world.
Yoga postures are practiced barefoot to maximize our awareness of our feet. Yoga postures also stretch and stimulate different points on the feet that are associated with different organ systems in the body.
On an energetic level, the feet are associated with our first chakra. Chakras are energy wheels located along our spine and each chakra is associated with both physiological functions and spiritual life-lessons. On a psycho-spiritual level the first chakra is associated with security, trust and our sense of belonging. Physically, the first chakra governs our immune system, gut health and lower back. The feet are also very important for the flow of apana energy, the energy current in our body that moves downward from the pelvis to the soles of the feet, governs the menstrual cycle and the ability for our body to dispel toxins.
Unfortunately, we are generally not very kind to our feet. They are often crammed into uncomfortable shoes, made to walk or run long distances and seldom stretched, touched or nurtured. It’s time to change that. Here are some tips for fully fertile feet:
Shake hands with your feet once a day. That's right, take your fingers and thread them between your toes (pinky finger between pinky and second toe, ring finger between second and middle toe, etc.). Once your fingers are threaded, gently squeeze and massage the ball of the foot. Repeat on the other side.
Keep your feet warm. Cold feet mean decreased circulation. Purchase some fuzzy slippers and wooly socks to keep your piggies warm this winter.
Experiment with reflexology, the science of foot massage. Either see a professional reflexologist or try out “reflexology socks,” that actually outline the different areas of the foot and their associated organ system.
Try yoga. If you’re a runner or walker, your feet may need a good stretch. Time spent in yoga class in bare feet can help feet become more flexible and improve circulation to these important fertility “organs.”
Be Present, Be Positive, Be Foot-Loose,