pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4


Thanks for info.

Loraine Sweeney

I have had knee surgery after ligament tear which led to very stiff knees. I cycled a lot before the surgery and afterwards walked up and down in a swimming pool - the cool water relieves pain and supports mobility in recovery. After that I would recommend more than anything cycling. I started on a static bike with a very high seat and then lowered the seat as it got less stiff. My consultant has told me my recovery has been all due to cycling. Cycling outside when weather permitts is much more fun. To start with after problems keep off hills and high gears but you can work up to this in time. It is fab for safely building leg strength and support around the knee and for mobility in the knee. Whatever you do steer clear of those support bandages unless you absolutely need them - the heavy duty ones really weakend the muscles around my knee

Amanda Hamilton

I'm not sure when this piece was written, but there is evidence subsequent to the studies cited that quad strength will indeed help prevent OA via the Patellotibial surfaces

I feel really strongly that we must cite recent studies, not simply find a study that suits our argument .....


I am in the same boat as Patricia, I have RA and my knees have lost full range of motion. Should I be pushing through a little of the stiffness to add back to range of motion?


I've been practicing yoga off and on for years, and one of my favorite poses for releasing stress and gently relaxing has been the child pose. Eighteen months ago, however, I wrenched my right knee while hiking in rough terrain and since then have not been able to bend my knee sufficiently for kneeling floor poses.

The doctor I saw through my university right after the injury handed me a photocopied sheet with some PT exercises for torn meniscus and said, basically, "good luck." I used them and can now walk up stairs and jog again for short distances, so there has been some improvement. Is there some way to use yoga to work on improving range of motion in the knees once damage like this has been done? When I try to lower myself from upright kneeling to a deeper knee bend, it is very painful and just flat too stiff to bend. I don't want to force the knee to bend, but I would like to gently improve the range of motion.

afsaneh saghari

I will have a workshop in Iran about knee
I have done so much research about knee, I fund this article very useful.specailly
the last paragraph( If your big joints aren't open, your small joints will always take the stress) though me a lot
many thanks


This was one of my favorite ever articles on the knee joint. It explains in laymen's terms why the knee gets injured. It also addresses specific asanas to strengthen the knees. I also like the description of sensation in the knee. The author clearly desribes the difference between sharp knee pain and more subtle knee discomfort warning the reader to become aware of achiness in the knees after an asana as a signal. No one had ever made that distinction for me and I have been practicing yoga and reading articles on knee pain for over 7 years.

discerning reader

You state that the Annals article says:

"But there was a catch—many of those who had strong quads and experienced a rapid progression of the disease also had misaligned kneecaps, a small but significant impairment that intensifies pressure on the cartilage."

Actually, it never mentions patello-femoral misalignment .The malalignment referenced is tibio--femoral (varus-valgus) malalignment. Regarding the patello-femoral joint, the authors state:
"The predicted probability of patellofemoral progression did not differ between high- and low-strength knees, either in the full sample or within knee subsets..".
This is significant because you then base a good part of your article on evenly strengthening the quads etc in prep for lotus. No question you need to evenly work the muscles. The key to lotus is the hip joint. I don't understand why you misquote the article. This was unneccessary and discredits you with people who will read.
I will be floored if Yoga Journal publishes this comment though--would be out of character.
discerning reader


be gentle and kind to yourself. yoga is not a race or competitive sport. it is about awareness and open acceptance without judgement of results. ihad some serious knee issues and have found this gentle accepting approach to be amazing. just be present and honest and kind with yourself as part of the practice.

Veena Grover RYT

I have my both knees operated twice & with the help of physical therapy & yoga practice, I feel blessed.I injured my knees during my long time Taekwondo practice.I never paid attention to my injuries---Knees or shoulders.Age taught me lesson to nurture my health as well.This is great article & i really feel blessed to read your article & shar4e with my students as we..

Return to article page

Stay Connected with Us!

Join Yoga Journal's Benefits Plus
Liability insurance and benefits to support
teachers and studios.
Learn More
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 4 FREE GIFTS
Your subscription includes
Yoga for Neck & Shoulders • Yoga Remedies
Yoga for Headaches • Calm, Cool, Collected
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Yoga Journal
and my 4 FREE downloadable Yoga Booklets.
Full Name:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions