Alison Hammond Castro’s bare feet routinely wove through rows of yoga mats, periodically stopping to adjust students or ground herself at Fresh Yoga in Connecticut this summer, where she focused on yoga from the early hours of the morning until dusk. For a month, Hammond Castro helped aspiring yoga teachers earn a Forrest Yoga certification. Between meditation classes and her own practice, Hammond Castro began to worry that her left foot’s arthritis may act up. Days without arch support, guided by spiritual and physical connection to herself, seemingly prepared Hammond Castro for an increased risk of aggravating her feet. However, by the end of her training, her foot pain had completely subsided.
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