The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. The knee joins the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia). The smaller bone that runs alongside the tibia (fibula) and the kneecap (patella) are the other bones that make the knee joint. When we are younger, we barely even notice our knees. They just work regardless of how badly we treat them. As we get older or with constant abuse to our knees, they become quite vocal about their treatment. It can start small with a minor pain here and there, or all of a sudden we have a torn ACL. Ouch! When we get to this point, the last thing we want to do or even think about is doing yoga.
During my last class, I had several students who came in with knee problems. One person stated clearly that if they get down, there is no getting back up. At least not quickly. We were able to get through the whole 60 minutes of the class that focused on strengthening the muscles that support and stabilize the knees. We did a lot of warrior poses that specifically targeted the quadriceps. We did tree pose, and emphasized knee safety. We do have another class coming up that will build on what we have done to strengthen the knees.
You can absolutely practice yoga when you have knees that could use some love. Feel free to email me at info@https://onyekatefari.com/ if you would like to setup an initial consultation to help tackle your specific needs.