What is term plantar flexion, in asana movement?
Plantar flexion in yoga refers to the movement of pointing the foot and toes away from the body, such that the toes move towards the ground. This movement is used in many yoga asanas (poses) to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the calves, ankles, and feet.
For example, in a pose like downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), plantar flexion is used to lower the heels towards the ground, which can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the calves and ankles. This can also help to ground the pose and provide stability and balance.
In a pose like chair pose (Utkatasana), plantar flexion is used to lift the heels off the ground and engage the muscles of the calves and feet. This can help to strengthen the muscles of the lower legs and provide stability and balance in the pose.
Proper alignment and awareness of the body during plantar flexion can help to prevent injury and promote balance and strength throughout the body.