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do toe seperators help?

kidsan2010-07-04 17:08:53 +0000 #1
This is my 1st post on here so a big hello to all!

Has anyone here used toe seperators (you know those foam things that ladies - on the whole - use for painting their toenails) to help spread the toes for yoga.

Does it actually help so that one can learn to spread the toes without them?

Any other tips gratefully received...K
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 17:24:07 +0000 #2
Toe spreaders would spread the toes.

But I personally do not see the point in doing so for the purposes of yoga. One misses out on all the good work to find that action in their own body. Using them once in a while might be okay but I would not buy them for continual use - in fact I would not buy them at all. If you're set to spend money surely there are other yoga things (props) you could get more mileage out of, no?
kidsan2010-07-04 17:31:44 +0000 #3
Thanks for your reply...the things i am talking about are certainly not expensive yoga props! they are a simple piece of foam and cost a few pennies. I guess what i was asking is whether this can help one to become more aware of the spreading of the toes and lead to having more control of this action?

I know that im not alone on this one...it was suggested to me by a yoga teacher and i saw someone in a yoga class only the other day using them.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 17:21:08 +0000 #4
By no means was I suggesting you were alone. However I do not typically carve out my yoga practice or teachings based on what others do or do not do, think or do not think.

The bottom line on this question is "buy them and see if they do what you hope in your body". We are all an experiment of one. Please report your results back to us.
Pandara2010-07-04 18:12:21 +0000 #5
Hi Kidsan,

Excuse my ignorance here, but why on earth would you want to force your toes to spread, except if you want to apply nail polish to them? What is the purpose of this and how does it benefit your yoga practice? This is totally new to me and the first time ever I heard of this, I thought that the natural state of our toes are to huddle together in order to give us the right balance. Please explain as I couldn't find anything related to this in my yoga books and I have plenty of them.
Mirjana2010-07-04 19:11:17 +0000 #6
Hello Kidsan,

welcome to the forums! I have also never heard before for spreading the toes this way for practice, but what I really like to do for my feet, including toes, is 5-10 minutes of massage before I start to practice. I use different things. Sometimes a tennis ball, sometimes a golf ball, or wooden stick etc. I roll a ball below one foot (in a standing position) and I put attention where I feel pain. I stop there for a while and I try to soften and relax that point. I do this before practicing because I have a feeling that I get more firm stick with the ground afterwards, besides general relaxation.

I learned this from my teacher. We do this very occasionally even in a class.

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