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Season 3 - Episode 5

Locking the Knee

5 min - Talk


Engage your muscles to find a sweet balance between Sthira and Sukha or steadiness and ease. Kristin shares a talk on the importance of putting a micro-bend in the knees, and not locking them out in poses like Trikonasana (Triangle).
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Hi Kristin! I’ve been giving this a lot of thought during my asana practice! I definitely keep a microbend in my knees in nearly all poses. The only yoga pose that I think calls for a “true” 100% knee-lock position is pyramid pose. Is that correct? Are there any others that come to your mind?
Lily A I would suggest never "locking the knee" it's possible to have the teeny tiniest micro bend in the knee and then importantly contracting the quadriceps. Locking suggests hanging into the joint with little to no engagement of the muscles which can be degrading to the joint

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