David questions why we want to put the sit bones down in marichyasana A, B, C, and D and explains why our leg proportions can make that unlikely.
David explains when it’s okay for us to place the knee in front of the ankle in poses like side angle. He also explains when the knee is most vulnerable.
This month David answers the question: What are the risks of hyperextending the knees in dandasana? David explains why there is usually little risk to the knees from hyperextension in dandasana.
When are yoga practitioners most at risk for knee injuries? David reports on the experiences of our survey of 2000+ practitioners regarding knee injuries in yoga and injuries in lotus-type postures.
Should the knees go past the ankle or toes? We hear this all the time in yoga classes but why is it true, or why should we even worry about this? Find out! This month, David answers the question: “Should the knee ever go past the ankle in warrior pose?”
Is supta viarasana really a psoas stretch? David explains the anatomical reasons why the psoas is not necessarily stretched in a yoga posture such as supta virasana.
This month’s muscle is sartorius. We’ll take a look at where is attaches in the body, what actions it does, and where it shows up in our yoga practice.
In Part 1 of this article we left off looking at the deepest, most intrinsic structures that make the knee function as it does. In this part of the article we’ll continue to look at another deep structure, the meniscus and also talk about some of the soft-tissues (muscles and ligaments) that affect this joint and how it all fits into our yoga practice.
In our last article, we looked at the part of our anatomy that grounds us, literally, the feet. Making our way up the body, the next major joint we come to is the ever elusive and sometimes tricky knee. This knobby pair of joints are often an enthusiastic topic of conversation amongst yogis as it seems everyone knows somebody who’s either injured a meniscus or torn an ACL, or done “something” to it.
As much as I’ve already written about the knee, it never seems to be enough. I often take a poll in workshops when heading into the knee section and on most occasions one quarter to half the students will raise their hands when asked how many people are experiencing knee pain? This isn’t necessarily a yoga problem, but it’s showing up there. Of those students that raise their hand, many of them are dealing with inner knee pain.