"The problems of the world that we have inherited and that we are passing on to our children come from the desire to become successful. The reason we did not acquire the same problems from our indigenous ancestors is because they were merely successfully being."

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• Ashtanga Toe

Ashtanga toe is the peeling back of the skin on the big toe that can happen from the vinyasa known as jumping back. When the force and friction from landing in chataranga dandasana repeatedly or just from propelling yourself forward while walking barefoot peels the skin off the big toe, it is usually an imbalance in the body’s pH. When the body gets too acidic, skin can become weakened and tear easier than when the body is in a more alkaline state. In fact all soft tissue which includes blood, bone, tendon, ligament, muscle-skin and viscera can become weakened. If it is bone it is called osteoporosis, if it is skin, sagging and wrinkles occur or Ashtanga toe. If it is ligament or tendon, joints can become unstable. If it is your intestine, you could get leaky gut, diverticulitis, colitis, or Crohns disease. This is much more dangerous than Ashtanga toe as it severely compromises digestion, elimination and absorption of nutrients, causing moderate to severe health problems. An important correlation to remember is that the outside of the body is a reflection of the inside.