Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Why is barefooting so popular in Russia?

Здравствуйте дорогие друзья! Hello, dear friends.
It's been a while since we published. I'm sorry we're not literate in Russian. Russian readers seem to be good with English, since we have so many as of late. In July, about 15% of our total readership was from Russia. Nine other countries comprised our readership list; but none of them had nearly as many readers.
Last summer, some long-time readers and Facebook friends Igor Rezun and Olga Gavva published some of our posts on Russian websites; it was a honor and a privilege. Olga is a ballet dancer as well as the owner of a ballet company, so it seems natural she'd go barefoot a lot-but keep in mind that she, as well as Igor (who is best known professionally as an author) goes barefoot on the snow in Moscow in winter; we need not say more about winter temperatures in Moscow.
Perhaps our Russian readers migth comment about why some Russians seem so into barefooting. The blog Understand Russia talks about taking shoes off in the house-a custom that exists in many cultures, and gives some advice to travelers. But we're still not sure where interest in barefooting begins or ends. Shoes from Soviet times were of course uncomfortable and nevertheless hard to come by, so going barefoot when it was warm helped save one's shoes. Now that Russians are becoming more affluent in the post-communist era, they may take a different approach.
Who knows? Perhaps our Russian readers do....

До скорого! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Barefoot and Powerful-Meet a Powerful Woman Who is....

Charlotte Cressey is someone who is quietly changing the world while totally being herself. On the same day that might you see her dancing barefoot on the beach, you’ll find her carrying a clip board, taking information and giving instructions. She’s an activist and a teacher, and the newest addition to the Barefoot and Powerful series that Almost Barefoot started two years ago.

Charlotte was a vegetarian before she was ten and a vegan by her mid-teens. Before she was 30, she was a globally-recognized speaker and an authority on animal rights and feminism. The two causes, she says, are inherently linked, and she speaks simultaneously for humanity and for animals each time she’s at the podium.

“We are committed to co-creating a kinder world for all beings and helping people learn to live in harmony with each other and the Earth,” says Charlotte on her website, www.charlotte

Ecofeminism, which, as an idea and an ideal Charlotte focuses on, says that the exploitation of animals and women are connected in a social mentality that focuses on exploitation, hence the social mentality that condones destroying the environment for humanity’s personal gains. Charlotte is committed to changing the world to one where Ecofeminism is a social norm.

What’s different about her presentations is that, even as a powerful feminist, and one who is not afraid to say so, (ask her about God and she’ll tell you about how to see God as a woman), she is committed to a kind approach. Her tone is one that sticks to being kind, and still, she draws and keeps the crown engaged. Even if she’s in a street protest, she stays committed to a kind approach, and even she’s speaking while wearing a dress and heels in a formal ballroom, she won’t likely be shaking her fist.

Instead, she’ll be raising her hands gracefully as she leads her audience with Yogic breathing techniques and brings the whole crowd together before she speaks of deep topics like feminism and the environment. Attending her speech means going to Yoga while you’re at it.

We’re going to visit more with Charlotte, who has been unavailable for interviews, which we hoped to finish before our own summer break, but Almost Barefoot promises more to come. We want to know how Yoga has helped Charlotte empower herself, so that you can too. We are committed to empowering women and thus empowering all of society for positive change, and we’ll be back in early August.




Sunday, February 7, 2016

Why is Yoga so popular?

Yoga is likely the most popular of any athletic activity that is practiced barefoot, and its popularity continues to expand among different social circles.

Yoga has also not succumbed to the constraints of trendiness like so many other popular. As popular exercise fads continue to come and go, Yoga's presence continues to grow.

So...why is Yoga so truly popular?

  • Yoga can start doing yoga at any age. Students and teachers from age 20 to 90 are not hard to find
  • Yoga will compliment any exercise work out. Pro football players, baseball players and martial artists are all practitioners of yoga.
  • Yoga's vastness provides something for everyone. There are hundreds of yoga poses which provide different opportunities for all different kinds of people.
  • Yoga brings harmony between the minds and body. Other exercise methods require the body be a slave of the mind, or the mind to be subdued by the body. Yoga requires connection and partnership between the mind and body, so the practitioner receives spiritual energy on a higher lever and at greater intensity.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Barefoot in Japan-and enduring perspective

A few years ago, the idea of having little kids wear shoes in school was pondered in Japan.

Almost Barefoot learned that the idea was shot down...err.. handily.

British podiatrist Tracy Byrne discovered this while studying the condition of children's health in Japan, where their conservative culture encourages going barefoot, or going Almost Barefoot with slippers in every home and inmost public buildings.

Byrne's 2013 article explains that children do go barefoot at school-parents shot down the idea of sending kids shod inside, she explains. They go barefoot on the playground, and clean up for class in hands-free footwash stations.

As for most grown-ups, people go almost barefoot by wearing socks or slippers indoors. Some travelers advise bringing extra socks.

Learn more about Tracy, barefoot extraordinaire at her site

Read her whole article by clicking here


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Yoga tidbits-barefoot living...

Yoga is like anything else we do....progress starts when we stop making excuses
Progress can't be made as long as we keep making excuses. 
          Progress in life often depends on trial and error. 
Pick four or five Yoga poses and keep doing them. 
          Pick from the many poses that exist, and choose a few that make you feel good. 
 You are a competent judge, so trust yourself. No one knows you better than you do.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kriste Brushaber, owner of Homeostasis Movement, cofounder of the Frontrange Barefoot Hiking Group, enjoys the view that comes with
 a barefoot rock climb


After a long hiatus, AB now continues it's Barefoot and Powerful series which explores how being barefoot is empowering to women. Up to now, our specific focus has been on Yoga. Barefoot and Powerful explored how being barefoot on a Yoga mat is empowering to the women we interviewed

Almost Barefoot continues to support positive female empowerment and we are now branching beyond the confines of Yoga.

Our newest interviewee is Kriste Brushaber. Her own holistic life practice includes Yoga but takes us far beyond previous confines. Her own journey of discovery began with teaching Pilates, another discipline that is always practiced barefoot. She got into integrative therapy and coaching and now teaches therapy and rehabilitation from the ground up, literally.

Her clients break old habits and learn constructive reconditioning from their foundation-bare feet-and reconstruct the entire positioning of the body for improved health through a process called Somanoetics

She is the owner of Homeostasis Movement in Metro Denver, CO. 
Kriste shows the complexities of the foot, the foundation for the body that is often forgotten until injuries occur.

When she's not working with clients, Kriste can be found rock climbing and hiking barefoot in the foothills near Denver. She tells us a very inspiring story.  

AB How has being barefoot in Pilates and beyond empowered you as a woman?

Kriste  Practicing holistic well-being is a personal choice contributing to my body/mind’s most efficient state of being— bio-mechanically, energetically, emotionally, and spiritually, and exploring new frontiers as a spirit having a human experience.  As any choice, the choice to do so comes from an already empowered state of being. 

AB Before you began doing Yoga or Pilates, did you go barefoot very often?

Kriste Before I was a holistic movement practitioner, I wore shoes at work, but they were off as soon as I was home.

AB When did you start practicing holistic movement?

Kriste I was born into a movement and performing arts family by vocation.  In my 20’s, Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Feldenkrais®, then just exploring what “natural” and “functional” movement really was as a modern human.  This led to physiology, neurology and psychology beyond the bio-mechanics.  More recently, adopting a regular meditation practice, increased diligence in observing my daily choices, behavior and emotional states, and utilizing a variety of heart coherence practices. 

AB  What made you decide to teach it?

Kriste  I witnessed the pathological side the pursuit of health, and wanted to improve that.  There’s a fundamental difference between movement practice motivated by fear, competition and entertainment, and movement inspired by authentic well-being that varies by individual. 

AB As a coach and a teacher, you’re a woman who not only has the power of authority also the ability to empower others. What’s one way you encourage your students to empower themselves?

Kriste working with a client at Homeostasis Movement

Kriste To drop any story/belief/habit that keeps them from discovering and expressing their unique potential, no matter it’s source or even if if was helpful in the past. 

AB  What’s an empowering message you would offer to women and girls?

Kriste  That the more they strongly identify themselves as a gender, race, age, or any other label, they limit themselves accordingly, adopting the baggage of everyone else’s struggle.  When they categorize and make judgments of others by those categories, they limit everyone, and further isolate themselves.  None of these labels are who you, or anyone else, really are. 

AB  The Yoga community has also been very welcoming to men. How can we continue to make sure that the Yoga community remains a place where women can empower themselves and have it still be as open as it is today?

Kriste  Empowerment is a personal, unconditional connection with Source: genderless, raceless, ageless, and timeless.  I have both male and female clients.  Each client is welcomed as a unique Soul, already powerful, seeking some temporary guidance.  It’s a deliberate choice of every teacher to create an inspiring, welcoming environment as an expression of their own beliefs and what they feel is the potential of their students.  If any student doesn’t feel welcome, hopefully they will choose elsewhere, even if they have to begin with an online course.  There’s so many choices, something for everyone no matter their comfort level or personality.  The responsibility lies in everyone. 

AB Add something else that is your unique thought on this discussion……


  1. Due to the core intention of any spiritual practice, which includes forms of Yoga, I feel many of us, and therefore humanity as a whole, is realizing our personal connection to Source.  A natural result of this is experiencing wholeness.  Within wholeness, there is no other.  Any duality that exists in the human psyche such as gender inequality does not exist within an experience of wholeness.  As we integrate this experience into our ever-evolving identities, we perceive our external environment differently which changes our behavior and the energetic signature we are emitting to the Universe.         
  2. Empowerment is misunderstood. Power is omnipresent, it cannot be given or taken by anyone.  You can also view power as Love, Source, God, Universal Intelligence… We can choose to align with it at any moment, but so many are conditioned to believe otherwise.  “Empowerment” is simply recognizing you are already powerful, and every choice you make is proof of this.  It’s not THE choice one makes, but the act of choosing anything, and that you can choose differently regardless of past choices.  Practicing that recognition helps break the old conditioning.   
Thank you, Kriste!


Friday, January 8, 2016

Barefoot in the Netherlands

OK, you're probably better off bringing skates if you're visiting the Netherlands right now, but spring will be here soon enough, and it will come withe the urge to take off your shoes.

Here's a park in the Netherlands that offers optional obstacles for the adventurous barefooter and over Four KM of walking trails, plus a coffee house for a proper finish.

 Click HERE for info to plan your trip!