Why Is Yoga Done Barefoot?

Unless you're a professional lifeguard, freelance writer, or yoga teacher, you'll probably spend most of your day in shoes. And shoes are used for many things: climbing mountains, walking the city streets, dancing at the disco. But not for yoga.

In yoga studios, it is common practice (and good etiquette) to remove your street shoes at the door. (Which reminds me of another rule of etiquette regarding shoes: Don't walk across the yoga room floor with your shoes on before taking them off. By doing this, you are tracking down external dirt and being disrespectful.)

Bare feet are better able to find a stable and balanced contact with the ground, which is essential for standing postures. The shoes are clumsy and inflexible and the socks are slippery.

Practicing barefoot yoga is a unique opportunity to stretch and strengthen all the muscles in your feet, which can help support your arches and prevent foot pain.

When to keep your yoga shoes on

However, removing your shoes and socks is less "mandatory" and more "highly recommended." If you have an injury or illness that prevents you from going barefoot, you can certainly avoid it by wearing soft-soled shoes or grippy socks.

There are even some scenarios (yoga walks come to mind) where shoes are needed. Still, although it is possible to do yoga with your shoes on, it is not ideal.

If you hesitate to walk barefoot because your feet are uncomfortable, try walking on them. Yoga means accepting your body for what it can do, starting from scratch.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about what yoga does to your body and brain

Source: TED-Ed


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