Yoga for Healthy Feet: Improving Myofascial Efficiency to Reduce Plantar Fasciitis

Course Info

Class Length:
Two One-Hour Lectures, plus recorded yoga practice video
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Susi Hately

Susi Hately Susi Hately is the owner and principal instructor of Functional Synergy Inc. She started yoga in 1995 after becoming frustrated with her recurring injuries as a teenage athlete. She credits yoga with getting her back running. Having experienced the benefits of yoga, she began showing her...

Many people with plantar fasciitis foot pain think the issue is in the feet. After all, that is where the pain is. 

For most people, plantar fasciitis is worst in the morning, with the first steps after getting out of bed. Massaging the soles of the feet may bring some relief, but then the following morning, the stiffness and pain are back. 


There are two key factors involved in plantar fasciitis: Hip Function and Overall Myofascial Imbalance. 

Think of the pelvis as a platform through which the legs move. How the legs move will directly impact how the feet land on the ground.  The pelvis and the feet form a kinetic chain, so if the function of the hips doesn’t support balanced leg movement, it creates excess pressure in the feet.

Eventually, the feet may no longer absorb the load of our body weight and gravity effectively, creating tightness, tension, and plantar fasciitis. If there also are muscular imbalances in the calves, core, and rib cage, the challenge on the feet will be even greater.  

In other words, our myofascial inefficiencies often land in our feet, challenging their ability to serve as an ideal foundation for walking, running, and moving. 

The good news is that we can change all of this, and the change can be pretty straightforward. 

In this 3-part online course, B.Sc Kinesiologist and C-IAYT yoga therapist Susi Hately will show you how we can use yoga to better improve the kinetic chain between the hips and the feet. In addition, you will learn how to improve the way we absorb the load of our body weight and gravity and how to reduce the tightness and tension that we feel as plantar fasciitis.

In the course, we will explore the tissue and movement patterns of the feet, legs, hips, ribs, and shoulders and how with simple exercises, we can shift up how the feet feel.  

What You Will Learn:

  • Where the pain is, isn’t the problem. 

  • Why plantar fasciitis may be felt in the feet, but how your calves, hips, pelvis, rib cage, and shoulders contribute to how you stand, move, and what you feel in your feet.

  • How to see and understand myofascial patterns that are contributing to foot pain.

  • How simple movements and breathing techniques can change your biomechanics for less or no pain.  

  • How to blend movements with a simple foot massage to enable the relief gained from simple massage to be long lasting.

  • How to use your yoga practice for better foot function. 

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course designed by Susi Hately.

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions - both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course qualifies for 3 non-contact hour CEs with Yoga Alliance.