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Painful sensations in Parivrtta Trikonasana

ELNINO2010-07-04 15:07:57 +0000 #1
Hello,

There is one pose that causes my legs to really suffer, like a real pain that is not very welcome in Yoga, and it's in reversed triangle pose,

each time i'm entering this pose, (after a 3 years practice of Hatha and then Ashtanga) a deep burning pain, like a compression or a blockage, suddenly appears in the external area of the back of my knee, it burns and get really "hot" if I stay in the pose

My hamstrings are usually very tight, it is the part of the body I have most problems stretching and they're not fully flexible even after 3 years, and if I stop practicing for more than 2 weeks because i'm sick or very busy with work, they get back to almost when i was not practicing yoga at all, like wood!

Few poses warm them up and it gets betters along the practice, but in reverse triangle, it's still completely "closed", and painful, to the point I can't support it and must exit the pose...

Any suggestion ?

Thank you
Payal2010-07-04 15:15:50 +0000 #2
Is that because you need to get more flexible at your hamstrings. I'm sure if they do, this will be a simple pose for you. You can try the preparatory asanas like chandrasana (moon pose), tadasana and vkrsana (tree pose)
xela2010-07-04 15:46:36 +0000 #3
Do you use any props when you practice? If you're that tight, it would be beneficial for you to use blocks, blankets, straps, etc. Also...I don't know how you're going into the posture, but there are three main options. You can put your hand on the inside, on or to the outside of the foot. I would place blocks there and rest your hand on them so you're so feeling any pain.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 15:33:57 +0000 #4
Elnino,

you've failed to mention if your pain is in the front leg, back leg, or both legs. If it is both legs then I'd like to know if it is on both sides of the pose please. I could not possibly draw any reasonable conclusion without such information.

Additionally I'd like to know what you are pressing and what you are lifting. Also information as to whether you are locking the knee joint in the pose and/or if you are hyper mobile.

Are you using a block or is your bottom hand on the shin or floor? Do you have the same sensation in Parsvottasana: ?

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