Foot Foundation: Exploring Grounding Elements in Yoga

It is inevitable that you will hear in a yoga class some form of 'grounding' or 'rooting' through the connection points of the foot in order to facilitate greater stability and integrity throughout poses. What does all this grounding really mean in terms of translation throughout the kinetic chain (up to the knees, hips, and spine)? These grounding suggestions can also get confusing and obscure with contradictions from one teacher/style of yoga to another. Therefore, I thought I would discuss some of the debates surrounding foot grounding and knee placement using the classic squat as an example.