Like relationships, knees are pivotal to our well-being, more complicated than they appear and require care and attention if they are to last.
It’s possibly age-related (!), but I’ve started to notice that my knees are less happy than they used to be when pressing into a yoga mat. And afterwards they look like two squished, pale, leather purses☺️
All in all, when it comes to physically strengthening your knees, yoga is great because it exercises and tones big leg muscles, such as the outer and inner quads – improving knee stability. Here are some key poses which can help your knee needs:
*Chair pose – tones hips, thighs and calves, which all assist knee function
*Bridge pose – tones hips, glutes and the IT band, improving knee stability
*Peaceful Warrior – strengthens quads, glutes and hamstrings; all good for knee support
* High Lunge – tones quads, calves and glutes, which all support the knee
*Eagle pose – strengthens inner thighs and calves, helping knee stability
If you have damaged, injured, recovering or niggly knees, be careful of poses which put strain on them, such as Camel, Lotus, Hero and Reverse Triangle. And always, always gently come out of any pose which causes any discomfort or pain straightaway.
Knee pain can be interpreted on more than just a physiological level. Louise Hay relates it to stubborn ego, pride, inflexibility, the inability to bend, and refusal to give in. If the reason for your knee pain isn’t obvious, you can find out what’s going on and gain insight by bypassing your conscious mind and asking your intuition, “If I did know, what would the message be?” Accept the first answer you’re given, however strange or unlikely this may be: your body knows more about you than you do about it!
Have fun communicating with your knees ☺️
Ms Yogapot 🙏🏻