Pillars of Healthy Aging: Yoga for Balanced and Pain-free Feet and Ankles

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Julie Gudmestad

Julie Gudmestad Julie Gudmestad, PT, C-IAYT has been active in Portland, Oregon, as a yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist for over 40 years. She has integrated her western medical knowledge with yoga training into a unique teaching style, and regularly teaches anatomy and asana workshops throughout...
Wednesday, November 2nd - 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific 
Monday, November 7th - 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific

Pillars of Healthy Aging: Yoga for Balanced and Pain-free Feet and Ankles  

Question: Which is the part of the body that most people ignore but which plays a key role in our health and aging trajectory in the long run?

Not sure?

The answer is the humble feet.

For most of us, when it comes to the feet, it’s out of sight, out of mind.

But that is a mistake you don’t want to make, says physical therapist and Iyengar yoga teacher Julie Gudmestad.

The feet form the foundation of our posture and movement patterns. A beautiful, strong posture grows from balanced, well-rooted feet. Properly aligned arches and ankles set the stage for good knee and hip positioning. And we need a healthy foot with broad, balanced toes to help us stay centered and stable and move to reduce the risk of falls and fractures.

Unfortunately, the feet are a much-neglected part of the body for most people. So it should be no surprise that three out of four Americans will experience foot problems at one point in their lives.

After spending a lifetime wearing shoes, many people have trouble bringing awareness to their feet, including most yoga students. 

Shoes constrict the feet and toes, so students often struggle to spread their toes and lack the strength to support normal arch alignment. Improper foot and ankle alignment can contribute to foot pain, knee and hip problems, and even pain in the low back.

Join Iyengar yoga teacher Julie Gudmestad for a course on how yoga can help create strong, healthy, and balanced feet for life. Learn about the most important muscles that support the foot, arch, and ankle and how to improve awareness and restore alignment to restore balance and avoid long-term problems. 

What You Will Learn:

  • Common alignment problems in the feet and how they affect the rest of the body

  • How to determine if you have foot alignment issues and how to avoid them

  • How to restore healthy arches if you or your yoga students struggle with flat feet

  • How to bring more awareness to the feet in yoga poses 

  • How to restore the healthy alignment of the feet on a variety of yoga poses. 

  • How the action of the feet is vital in yoga poses, even in non-weight-bearing poses like inversions, Half Moon, and Warrior3. 

  • How the action of the feet in yoga poses helps to lift and expand the pose and brings vitality to every cell, not just the weight-bearing parts of the poses.

Early Bird Discount - Register on or before Monday, October 3rd and receive a $30 discount. Enter Coupon Code JG30.



This Course Also Includes:

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

  • 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 hours CEs with Yoga Alliance.

Join us live or listen to the recordings!
Wednesday, November 2nd - 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific 
Monday, November 7th - 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific