The ankle should dorsiflex towards your knee at a degree of 40-45 degrees. If you have poor ankle mobility - this can hinder your yoga practice - especially if it is asymmetrical - one foot is more flexible. This is most likely due to a previous injury (even if you don't recall it at the moment) I find this to be true in MOST of my patients. You know why?????
ANKLE SPRAINS ACCOUNT FOR 50% of ALL SPORT INJURIES. AKA IT IS COMMON.
Even if you never played sports, it is still the most common injury. Think about it. We are casually walking down the street and we slightly roll our ankle.
No big deal right?
That "no big deal" incident is now reprogramming your brain to protect that area - AKA COMPENSATION.
Now your walking differently.
Soon enough, you are trying out my new youtube "wall dorsiflexion" video and you are realizing that one foot is a little more stiff, less mobile and may have some crepitus. Don't fret. Check out Dr. Malori Tinsley youtube channel. You may find some help. If not, call and make an appointment at my office. Or join me on Wednesday nights 6-7pm at Well Balanced Body - where will dive into a different body part in a functional yoga format.
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(I pity the fool with asymmetrical dorsiflexion)