Poses for Your Knees
Weak in the knees? When performed mindfully, these yoga poses can help prevent knee problems and disease and help you regain strength and flexibility after an injury.
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5 Strengthening Yoga Poses to Ease Your Knee Pain
Here's how to take care of one the most important joints in your body.
The Only 3 Stretches You Need to Relieve Iliotibial Band Syndrome
These gentle yoga postures stretch your IT band and the surrounding muscles, reducing pain and discomfort.
4 Underrated Yoga Poses You’re Overlooking In Your Practice
Because there's more to life than hip openers.
Bound Angle Pose
Bound Angle Pose, or Baddha Konasana, opens the deepest part of the hip muscles.
Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend
Open wide into Prasarita Padottanasana to increase flexibility by leaps and bounds.
Padmasana creates an essential foundation for meditation practice, while stretching the front of the thighs and ankles.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is a deep hip opener and forward bend that you should approach consciously to reap its many benefits.
Don't let the name fool you. If you're used to sitting in chairs, Easy Pose (or Sukhasana) can be quite challenging.
Extended Triangle Pose
Extended Triangle Pose is a quintessential standing pose that stretches and strengthens the whole body.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana can be whatever you need—energizing, rejuvenating, or luxuriously restorative.
Standing Forward Bend
Uttanasana will wake up your hamstrings and soothe your mind.
Extended Side Angle Pose
Find length in your side body, from your heel to your fingertips with Extended Side Angle Pose.
Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose
Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, or Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, offers a deep, vivid stretch to the side body paired with loving and heart-opening movement.
It seems so simple as to hardly be a pose. But this basic posture contains the secrets of how to hold yourself in countless other poses.
Still Icing Your Creaky Knees? These Poses Are a Far Better Fix
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6 Yoga Poses For Knee and Hip Arthritis
These accessible yoga positions can stabilize and support your joints and reduce pain.
5 Basic Yoga Poses Modified for Knee Pain
No student should have to withstand knee pain in a pose. Here are simple modifications for five basic yoga poses to offer your students.
4 Steps to Master Head-to-Knee Pose
Yoga teacher Aadil Palkhivala shares his instructions to achieve Janu Sirsasana. Plus, reap the benefits and avoid these mistakes.
Safely Modify Head-to-Knee Pose
Modify Janu Sirsasana if needed to find safe alignment for your body.
Challenge Pose: Twist into Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose
Find length in the sides of your body and a deeper twist as you move step by step into Parivrtta Janu Sirsana.
Wake Up and Loosen Up
Try this simple warm-up to promote safe practice and healthy joints.
Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Bent-Knee Handstand Pike
Donkey kicks are common as you learn this challenging but ultimately graceful pose.
Love Trikonasana? Learn How to Avoid This Common Knee Injury
Alignment is essential for the health of the knees. Unfortunately, practicing Triangle Pose too often without its counterpose can create an imbalance in the joint. Lean how to stay safe.
Give Yourself Props in Hero Pose
Grit your teeth and curse your teacher or give your body the support it needs to get more out of the pose.
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Protect Your Knees: Learn to Avoid Hyperextension
Stand strong and avoid injury by learning how to prevent hyperextension of this vulnerable joint.
When you practice Standing Splits focus on the stretch in your quad and hamstring, not how high you can lift your leg.
On Your Knees
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Yoga for Weak Knees: Poses + Modifications to Build Strength and Avoid Injury
Feeling weak in the knees? These yoga poses and modifications can help.
Avoid Knee Pain and Injury with Yoga
Yoga can be a source of knee pain or the ideal therapy. Here's a primer on keeping the joint healthy on and off the mat.
Garland or Squat Pose
An excellent facilitator of good pelvic floor health, Garland Pose, called Malasana in Sanskrit, stretches the ankles, groins, and back while stimulating proper digestion. No worries if your heels don't reach the floor—simply rest them on a folded blanket.
Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose
In Extended Hand-to-big-toe Pose, maintaining solid grounding through the standing foot helps keep you steady.
Big Toe Pose
This pose gently lengthens and strengthens even stubbornly tight hamstrings.
Half Frog Pose
Ease up into Half Frog Pose, called Ardha Bhekasana in Sanskrit. This pose strengthens the back while gently opening up the shoulders, chest, and thighs—a loving treat for the entire body.
You Don’t Have to Play Martyr in Hero Pose
Virasana can be deceptively difficult for beginners. Learn how to modify it for your body.
Blow off some steam, wake up your face, and lighten up your practice in silly Simhasana.
Strengthen your wrists, arms, and abs, hanging in the balance of Tolasana.
How to Protect the Knees in Lotus and Related Postures
By educating yourself on anatomy, you can protect your knees in yoga poses.
In this challenging version of a twist, your arms wrap around your legs so your hands can clasp behind the back, almost like a lasso or a snare.
Dancer Pose | Lord of the Dance Pose
Dance with cosmic energy in this challenging yet graceful balancing pose that relies on equal parts effort and ease.
Heron Pose is an intense hamstring stretch. You may need to give Krounchasana some time.
Reclining Hero Pose
Lay Virasana back and to take the stretch in the thighs and ankles up a notch.
Half Moon Pose
Say hello to leg and ankle strength as you seek stability and extend into this balancing pose, Half Moon Pose.
Wide-Angled Seated Forward Bend
Upavistha Konasana is good preparation for most of the seated forward bends, twists, and the wide-leg standing poses.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose
A classic restorative posture, Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining Bound Angle Pose can be modified for any level of hip and groin resistance.
Virasana is a balm for tired legs at the end of the day, as well as an alternative to Lotus for seated meditation.
Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose I
Oh, your aching back? Or maybe you can't crack those tight hamstrings. Supta Padangusthasana I or Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose I is for you.