We've done a few stories about going barefoot in Russia, and we're about to do more.
Almost Barefoot has done stories about barefooters around the globe, now we're about to go global ourselves as Almost Barefoot posts get translated into Russian.
How cool is this? We can't wait to tell you more.
Russian author Igor Rezun has invited us. Igor is a friend and business cohort of Olga Gavva, who we interviewed and wrote about back in 2013.
Below, we see Igor on a barefoot walk with Olga in 2011. Olga is also the head of a ballet company, among other things. Ballet is a huge part of Russia's rich, artistic heritage.
To the right, Olga sits for a fun pic which we published last year/
No matter what your take on barefooting, one has to be impressed by a person who can walk barefoot for any length in the winter in St. Petersburg, where temperatures often dip to 20 below zero .
Barefoot fitness's oldest surviving discipline is Yoga.
You will quickly find that barefoot running and Yoga are inherently connected.
Coach Michael Sandler
The world's most-famous barefoot runner and barefoot running coach agrees-so does the president of the Runbare Company.
Runbare president Jessica Lee
That's why they asked me to write this.........
"Stretch before a big workout. It’s the oldest advice in the athletic world. So it shouldn’t be a secret that the science of Yoga, an ancient discipline that’s all about stretching would have a connection with running. But why?
"It’s true that running is the only traditional sport in today’s world that rivals Yoga in terms of age. Competitive running is as old as the Olympics, which date back to pre-700 BC.
Yoga as we know it today has been practiced for just as long. To find the connection, we have to ask a question: Just how did people run back in the days of ancient Greece, where competitive running was born?
The answer: They ran barefoot...."