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The Yoga International Fall Retreat: Deepen Your Practice
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Sunday, September 2 • 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Respecting the ‘Curve’ of the Knees: Knee Health in Hamstring Stretching and Backbending

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The knee has been much abused in asana, in some cases because our unexamined habits get codified into simplistic instructions (such as ‘lock the knees!’). We’ll take a look at better respecting the knee as a secondary ‘curve’ in the body, whose integrity is maintained by actions of the muscles on both sides (beyond simply the instruction to maintain a ‘microbend’ of the knee). This understanding will be incorporated into asana practice for more effective (and beneficial, knee-wise) hamstring and forward bending, as well as approaches to backbending which reduce the kinds of muscular conflicts that give rise to knee pain. An understanding of the rotations of the bones that take place in hip opening will be included as well, with ideas for safer actions for the knees in such poses.

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Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Himalayan Institute
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