Alignment Tip – Taking Care of Your Knees in Warrior Poses

Yogis…please always be very aware of your knees in your standing poses, especially Warrior poses.  Please. Please. Please.

Make sure that the knee of your front bent leg does not move out in front of your ankle. Allowing your knee to move in front of your ankle can be very dangerous for your knee, especially if you do it like this pose after pose, day after day.  If you already have weakness in your knees, this can definitely exacerbate it. Like Baz Luhrmann said in his song Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Your shin should essentially be perpendicular to the ground.  Maybe even think of it as stacking your knee over your heel. From your visual perspective, this might allow for better alignment. If you need more space in your stance to allow this to happen, simply slide your back foot back a bit.

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