Teaching Considerations for Knee Issues & Promoting Knee Health

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to support effective teaching of asana


Apply knowledge of anatomy and movement patterns to work effectively with knee issues and to promote knee health.


Provide a knee position that’s advisable to avoid. Describe an issue of concern with weight-bearing asanas. Note a priority related to the feet for preventative knee care and explain a type of muscular engagement that can help to support knees. Describe what to watch out for in bent-knee poses. Explain a recommendation for such poses as Virasana (Hero Pose) when knee flexion is limited. Explain which muscles need balanced development to keep the knee safe. Describe why the innermost quad muscle is relevant to knee safety and how to strengthen it.