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Bending knees in Uttanasana

helenj2010-07-05 03:02:28 +0000 #1
I would welcome your explanation of why it is beneficial for beginners and those with bad backs to bend the knees in uttanasana and related postures. I feel that it is right and would like to be able to express what is happening using the language of muscles and bones. Thank you for the sharing that takes place on this forum. Namaste
Trinity2010-07-05 03:10:16 +0000 #2
Hi Helen,

It is important for some people to bend their knees during Uttanasana if their lower back is higher then their sacrum. If this is happening they will probably be feeling the stretch primarily in their low back and not in their hamstrings where this stretch is designed to open. By bending their knees they are able to gain more mobility in their pelvis, as the hamstrings are able to relax, and the pelvis can tip forward. They also ensure that the muscles of the lower back, such as the Quadratus Lumborum and the deeper Spinal muscles do not get over stretched.

I posted this reply: www.trinityyoga.net/...knees_in_uttanasana/ on our blog; you might find more useful information there if you have a browse.

Jen
Hubert2010-07-05 03:33:04 +0000 #3
I have some low back problems and It feels much safer and better for me to start with a bent knee position, and slowly extend the knees, than forcing the forward bend from a straight leg position.

That's why I do not visit the local yoga class, because they usually just try to force you to do the ideal form of the exercise, which might not suit you as well as a slightly modified version. Hence, the importance of a personal trainer or, if you can't have that, a sound judgement, and pacience, paired with self awareness. But the trainer is better, helps you avoid a lot of potentially harmful beginner issues.

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