This is a Short Course for people who have some knee injury/ weakness/ pain, and for those who wish to gain simple understanding of strengthening knee, and avoiding knee pain in Asana practice.
Often people commence an Asana practice with the expectation that the condition of their knees will improve through Asanas. While it is important to rest knees (or indeed any other part of the body) that has been through recent trauma, the healing work has to start with getting back on the legs and re-learning how to use the knees. Often knee pain comes back as soon as knees are bent – even in Asana positions and there might be a sense of disappointment. Some basic understanding and diagnosis of ones own knee is essential to improve the health of the knee.
The principles discussed in this session is suitable even for beginners. We work mainly with a simple standing Asanas – Tadasana, Virabhadrasana2, Virabhadrasana1. And touch upon supine and seated positions. In these same simple positions, new instructions are gradually introduced in each session. We have deliberately spent time in repeating and reinforcing the healthy actions.
Some props are used. These props are very useful especially in recovery after a knee injury. While most of these things can be substituted with things from around our home, we encourage you to invest in the basic props.
We recommend that the sessions be done in the order in which they are listed under. Those who already have weak or injured knee in an acute state are recommended to repeat the simpler positions before moving on to the next sessions. :
Part1 – Simplest diagnostics and adjustments (If having knee discomfort, omit the back arching positions)
Part2: Visual diagnostics, and critical strategies to keep away knee pain in Asanas while strengthening the knees.
Part3: Using Yoga Asanas to strengthen knees while avoiding knee pain.
Part4: More ways to diagnose health of knees, and Using Yoga Asanas to strengthen knees while preventing knee pain
Part5: A FREE Resource – real-life experiences of a practitioner with knee injury who benefitted from Asana practice
Tagwords: knee, knee health, knee injury, shoulders, Tadasana, Virabhadrasana2, Virabhadrasana1, Supta padangusthasana1, Upavistakonasana, Vrksasana