Brand new to Yoga. Chiropractor actually "prescribed" yoga to me due to very tight muscles, shoulder and back pain. This sequence was surprisingly uncomfortable for me. I have obviously let my body become entirely too tight. Any tips on how to prevent the muscle above the knee from hurting when stretching the hip? Could barely put my knee to the ground without it straining. I am a 30 yr. old with the body of a 70 yr old I am sure.
So glad you are here and thank you so much for such a great question. Easier ways to stretch the thigh without putting the knee on the ground are:
1. Lie on one side and draw your top leg's heal towards your buttock.
2. Sit side ways on a arm less chair and place one foot behind you to create the shape of the lunge. Draw sitbones under to find stretch.
3. Practice the lunge standing using a wall or a chair for support. Alana shows how to use a chair in this video: //www.yogaanytime.com/class- view/112/video/Yoga-Lunge-Salute-wi th-Chair-by-Alana-Mitnick
4. Stand at wall for balance and draw foot of one leg towards your buttocks.
Goodness, we should make some of these into videos! if these don't make sense, let us know. Meanwhile, you get some more ideas of how to ease into the practice even more gently over here with Alana. //www.yogaanytime.com/show-view/7/ Yoga-Show-Granny-Yoga