Yep, There's a Reason Your Feet Are Always Cold

Some people just have cold feet, in the literal sense. Are you most comfortable wearing UGGs, even in the spring? Does your partner complain about your ice-cold toes brushing up against their shins during the night? If your feet are always cold, there's an explanation. We talked to Danielle DesPrés, DPM, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon and podiatrist, to learn more.Dr. DesPrés told POPSUGAR that it's not uncommon to have cold feet some of the time, but if it's constant, there may be an underlying condition that's causing it. She suggested speaking with your doctor if cold feet is a recurrent problem for you.What Are Some Common Causes of Cold Feet?Dr. DesPrés said that poor circulation is one of the most common causes of cold feet. "As the arteries move away from the heart and into the legs and feet, they progressively become smaller and more easily blocked with fatty plaque," she explained. "Since the arteries going to the feet are the smallest…

Work Toward a Steadier Yoga Flow With These Stabilizing Pro Tips

Although I've been practicing yoga for years, I'm no stranger to wobbling through a flow - especially after taking some time off. Do I get discouraged when I can't channel my balance? No - I just have a clearer understanding of what I need to work on.

Yoga flow requires skillful transitions, says Brenda Umana, a certified yoga instructor and the co-founder of Beyond the Studio Yoga. You have to work toward establishing a balanced practice to accomplish skillful transitions, especially as you shift your weight to one foot through poses.

"In yoga, there is often an emphasis on stretching, but it's just as important to strengthen the body, and that's what creates the feeling of balance and ease at the end of [a] practice," she says.

Progress doesn't come without work, though. Continue to better your flow by holding poses for longer periods, repeating transitions, and adapting more of Umana's tips below for a steadier yoga practice.

Strengthen the Body

According to Umana, most balance poses require leg, hip, and core strength. She recommends practicing Dynamic Bridge pose to warm-up the hamstrings and Plank pose to condition your core.

Use Props

"[When] you know you're going to be exploring a practice that requires a lot of balance, practice near a wall. It's super helpful to have one hand on the wall or even lean up against the wall," Umana says. If you have blocks, Umana recommends using them as a grounding tool, too - like during Warrior 3 pose, for example.

Focus on One Point

"When you get to a pose that you know requires balance, focus on one point before you enter the pose," Umana says. Keep your eyes at the top of your mat or somewhere on the floor, she adds - and try not to divert your gaze as you're transitioning into the pose.

Move Slowly During Transitions

Practice dynamically moving back and forth between two moves a few times - Umana suggests Warrior 2 to Half Moon pose. As you transition between both, she recommends moving slowly with muscle strength, not momentum, and remember to focus your gaze.

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