Focus: Forward bends and knee care. Forward bends are often challenging for people working with knee difficulties. Asanas that require deep kneeling or cross leg variations that simultaneously flex and twist the knee joint are commonly problematic. In a yoga class scenario it is common for teachers to give students with knee problems alternative poses when the remainder of the group are practicing these type of forward bends. Whilst this approach takes care of your knees it can lead towards a feeling of disconnection from the class sequence progression and potentially hinder your overall progression with forward bends. This class features a sequence that intentionally includes poses that are commonly problematic for people working with knee problems. Rather than avoiding these poses it offers tips and suggestions for tackling them in a way that protects your knees whilst allowing you to fully engage with the fundamental techniques of forward bending.
Key Poses: Janu sirsasana, ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana, malasana, marichyasana 1.
Equipment: Mat, bolster, blanket, small cloth for rolling, 2 belts, 2 blocks.
Duration: 45 min