Knee Strengthening

Our Yoga for Beginners & Beyond: Stretch, Strengthen, Be Stress Free has an exercise specifically for knee strengthening. It is the exercise which is done lying on your stomach in the "Posture Primer." It teaches you to straighten the knees by pushing through the heels and letting the surrounding muscles engage, leaving the knee joint to be soft. Its really the supporting muscles surrounding your knee that need to be strengthened and, this exercise will help. There are quite a few leg strengthening exercises on the same DVD. Please move slowly with careful attention to your alignment. Always have the knees in line with the toes and use the idea (which we discuss in the above exercise) of pushing through the heels to straighten the knees.

If sitting cross-legged is uncomfortable, please elevate yourself on a pillow. Your sacrum should be even with, or higher than, your knees. As you\'re bending your knees to sit cross-legged, slide your hand slide your hand up the back of the calve to the area behind your knee. Then remove your hand. This will create space behind your knee. A cross-legged position, even though it\'s traditional, is not the best pose for the knees or lower back. Do whatever is necessary for you to make yourself comfortable.

Archer Pose on our Journey thru the Chakras DVD, as well as the Second Position squats on Yoga for Beginners & Beyond: Stretch, Strengthen, Be Sress Free, are good knee strengtheners. Circumin, MSM, and an alkaline diet, will be very beneficial for the knees.