Regular practice of Halasana (Plow Pose) rejuvenates the body’s entire system. Halasana helps nourish the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine by increasing circulation and suppleness, releases tension in the neck and throat, alleviates the accumulation of phlegm or mucus in the sinuses and respiratory system, and gradually assists in lengthening and regulating the breath.
(Yoga Journal Daily Insight, Aug 5, 2011) http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/479?utm_source=DailyInsight&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=DailyInsight
One of the most informed and inspiring yoga teachers I know, Cristina, encourages us to be more aware of our feet, and practice grounding our feet and developing our foot muscles to improve physical (and mental!) balance. The foot and ankle contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments – that all work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility. Your feet sustain enormous pressure throughout the course of a day. Take care of and develop your feet to achieve greater balance and grounding in life.
Utkatasana, or Awkward Pose, is a powerful foot and leg strengthening posture. You can find many tutorial videos online: click this image for one such resource!