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Healthy Knees

November 4, 2014
Are you worried about your achy, cranky knees? When practiced with care, yoga can help strengthen and stabilize the body in ways that help keep knees happy. Done without careful attention to alignment, though, yoga can sometimes exacerbate issues in these tender joints.

As always, your best bet is to consult with your health-care provider, who can help you diagnose and treat any knee discomfort or disfunction.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about healthy knee function, I recommend this article by yoga teacher Doug Keller, which explains the basics of healthy knee alignment and offers strategies for promoting knee health while practicing yoga. 

Roger Cole always offers a wealth of information and inspiration, and this article on the knees is no exception. And if you still haven't had your fill, here's one last article by Catherine Guthrie. I often find relief by slipping a rolled-up washcloth into the crooks of my knees when they are bent, as described in this article.