The #1 Key to Healthy Knees: How to Strengthen (and Not Hurt) Your Knees in Yoga
Knee pain is quite common in the general population. Practicing yoga can either alleviate knee discomfort or it can sometimes aggravate it. It’s important that yoga teachers understand how to work with students’ knees in a way that either helps strengthen and stabilize the joints or at the very least, doesn’t aggravate an existing condition.
When a yoga student comes to you complaining of knee pain, the first thing you need to do is assess tracking. Tracking is a relative position between the hip joints, knee joints and ankles and is the result of both musculoskeletal conditions and movement patterns. Tracking is the most informative visual cue that we can use in working with knees, as knees usually end up on the receiving end of what’s going on above them (hips) and below them (ankles and feet).
Here are some general ideas on how we can work with knees in yoga: