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some help in choosing the right asanas

loen2010-07-04 12:46:28 +0000 #1
I read the book Structural Yoga Therapy and I realy can use some help in which asana's are right for me to do. I have hyperextended knock knees and when my knees are pointing forward, my feet turn outwards (I read the book in Dutch, so I don't know the words for this in English. Turned hips maybe?). I want to straighten my legs with yoga to have a normal walk! I hope someone can help me.

Greetings, Loen
A Better Me2010-07-04 12:55:41 +0000 #2
Perhaps one of our more experience yogi's can confirm, but I understand working with blocks may help. One in between the knees and one in between the shins...

We sometimes do this in a pose such as Tadasana to get the engagement of the thighs turning inward.

Does this make sense?


Willem2010-07-04 13:29:07 +0000 #3
Self-diagnosis is always difficult, even with the help of a book. Since you are reading the book in Dutch, may I assume that you live in The Netherlands? If so, there are two structural yoga therapist whom you might consult. See Mukunda Stiles' site for address information. After a body reading, tests of ROM and strength tests a more accurate recommendation for your condition is possible.

Using the SYT book (Table 6) AND assuming your self-diagnosis is correct: hyperextended knees calls for strengthening the quads with warrior II, bridge, camel. Knock-knees calls for tree, warrior II and head-knee pose. Your feet out diagnosis is not clear to me. Knees forward with feet out could be tibial torsion - no recommended poses. On the other hand, if the feet-out rotation starts from the hips then the hip inner rotators need to be strengthened (and outer rotators stretched).

Again, correcting posture with yoga is best done together with a very experienced yoga teacher and most preferably with a yoga therapist. It also takes time and dedication. And finally - if your posture does not cause you any discomfort or pain - there is no need to change it at all. Best of luck. Namasté, Willem



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