The only thing I could add to Caroljean64's sound advice would be to keep your weight off your arches when doing warrior series poses. It is usually the back foot that people stress in this manner. The outside of the foot should support the weight.
I would hope that eventually you will be able to face a class. I must tell you that a yoga class is an exercise of individuality in a group. By that I mean, everyone leaves their egos at the door and the only person watching your yoga is the instructor. Now, to your feet. In the standing poses, the goal is to feel very rooted from the hips down... so solid, you couldn't be pushed over. Begin with your feet. Press (not hard, but solidly) your great toe and small toe pads into the mat. Then do the same with the inside and outside of your heel. Imagine you have a 4 point stance on your feet. Then feel as if you are spiraling your shins in and your thighs out. Put your hands flat on your thighs and pull them back so they separate from your hands. Feel solid from the hips down. From the waist up, feel light. Pull your shoulders back to be in line with your hips and your ears in line with your shoulders. You may feel as if you are leaning back because in general we rarely stand straight. Feel as long as you can from your waist to the top of your head as if you were stretching out your spine without lifting your shoulders up around your ears. Hope this isn't too much information.
Hi. I'm pretty new to yoga (okay, very). I did my first 45 minute yoga workout today. Overall I really enjoyed it; I just finished, in fact, and I feel awesome. But, I have some questions, and since I'm using videos (I have serious issues facing large groups of people) I have no instructor to ask. During the standing poses, my feet were killing me. The video kept saying to press my feet down and extend the arches, but I have no idea what that means. Help?
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