Omer Day 20
5 Iyar 5780
Wednesday 29 April 2020

Omer Day 20: Foundation within Compassion, Yom HaAtzmaut

When’s the last time you *really* looked at your feet? Thought about how much they can do? For today’s practice grounded in foundation & connection within compassion (Yesod within Tiferet), we direct compassion towards our feet, often the most overlooked but important parts of our body. It’s also Yom Ha’Atzmaut today, the Day of Independence. Healthy feet lead to more independence of movement throughout the entire body, and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to nourish those feet that do so much to keep you standing.

☀️Omer Day 20 practice [5 Iyar 5780 | Wednesday 29 April 2020]☀️

  1. Sit on the floor / ground barefoot, legs stretched out straight in front of you;
  2. Observe your feet: wiggle and spread your toes, see whether you can move any of them independent from the rest, pull your feet back towards you, push them away from you with toes pointed, observe how open / closed those angles are, etc (1 minute)
  3. Massage & mobilize your feet: use your hands and fingers and/or a massage ball; get into all the muscles and tendons; take your time, dig in, enjoy; (3 minutes)
  4. Observe your feet a second time. Does anything feel different or move differently post-massage? (1 minute)
  5. Fox Walk: practice walking as quietly and softly as possible; outside is ideal but if indoors try to find or create interesting surfaces to walk on; (2 minutes)


  • Open space with room to (fox)walk around — outside is ideal if possible
  • Timer
  • Massage ball or alternative

Practice Notes ✨

  • For a ball you can also use a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, or whatever else you have on hand;
  • Also feel free to utilize any other massage tools you might have;
  • You may also want to use lotion or massage oil if you have it;
  • Fox walking: often this is done heel to toe, but mix it up according to what and how you’re walking; the key is to keep most of your weight on the back foot as the other moves forward, softly feel the texture under foot as your place it down, weight to shift your full weight until you know you can do so quietly and gracefully;
  • You may with to foxwalk blindfolded, especially if indoors and/or on a surface without a lot of variation in texture;
  • You can also add texture to the ground surface with other materials you have on hand (legos not recommended);

☀️ This post is part of our Omer Wellness Series – a daily 7-minute opportunity for introspection and intentional focus on caring for ourselves, each other, and our environment in this incredibly challenging time. ☀️

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