Walking is an alternation of movements passing through the course of the step. It is done by flexing the thigh on the pelvis, leg on the thigh and dorsiflexion of the foot, causing projection of the lower limb forward. Then the heel attacks the ground and the whole soles of the foot unfolds by landing on the ground from the heel to the toes. The lower front member is in the middle position, receiving the full weight of the body, which frees the back leg and allows to take off the heel and then the entire sole of the foot. An extension of the entire back leg then occurs, extending the hip-joint, knee and ankle joints. The anterior projection of the leg causes the iliac wing of the same side (pelvic bone), as well as the opposite upper limb forwards. When used with daily yoga, it is beneficial for one’s health as described below.
Muscular work along with daily yoga
Repeated muscle contractions and (yoga) relaxation strengthen the stressed muscles (iliac psoas, quadriceps, hamstrings, triceps, and anterior tibialis as well as foot muscles). Their alternation acts as a massage chasing blood upward, thus promoting blood circulation. This succession of pressures and laxity tones the plantar muscle, lift of the arch. Regular and repeated contraction of the psoas stimulates the viscera, organs and lymph nodes of the abdomen, increasing the elimination of toxins.
There exists under the plantar arch a place of circulatory exchanges (oxygen supply and elimination of carbon dioxide) or the venous lac. Support changes act as a venous pump and stimulate return circulation. There is also an action on the lymphatic circulation because the lymph uses the venous circuit, hence an action on oedemas and heavy legs. The texture of deep, superficial veins is composed of elastic fibers, muscle fibers, and autonomic nervous system fibers used for vasoconstriction and vasodilatation. The wall of the veins is equipped with non-return valves thus imposing a unique direction of blood circulation and preventing venous reflux. The flexibility and the contractility of the fibers are essential for the regulation of the blood pressure and its flow. The aspiration of the blood from the feet towards the heart is the result of several mechanisms: the heart pump, the plantar pressure, the texture of the veins. The movement of the arms and the muscular contractions activate the heart pump, which increases blood flow to the brain and stimulates the production of neurotransmitters such as endorphins.
The alternation of flexion – extension allows a rhythmic work of the coxofemoral joints, knees and ankles stimulating the synovial fluid, the cartilage and the bone. The low joint pressure necessary in walking generates a regular movement, without excess or ligament tension.
All of the above exercises which have a lot of positive effects onto the health and body of a person should be done along with yoga regularly so as to promote well-being and conscientious movement that is being in the moment.