How to Avoid Yoga Injuries : Yoga Cross-Legged Pose

How to Avoid Yoga Injuries : Yoga Cross-Legged Pose


Hi, I’m Carolyne Heldman, for Zenergy Yoga
Studio in Denver, Colorado, on behalf of Expert Village. There are four common injuries in
yoga that are sort of accessible to a lot of people when you’re first practicing yoga.
The key to preventing yoga injuries is always good alignment. So first of all you want to
make sure that you’re going to a proper yoga studio with a certified teacher, very experienced
teacher who’s going to take the time to work on your alignment. One key place that is commonly
injured in yoga is knees, and a very basic yoga pose is called Sukhasana, it’s just easy
cross legged sitting pose. I’m doing it right now. One thing you want to look out for in
Sukhasana is most of the time people will just come and sit down, and sit with their
legs crossed, and if you’ll notice, my hip bones, I’m pretty flexible, so my hip bones
are a little higher than my knees, so this is okay for me. Most people, when they sit
in cross legged position, their knees are going to be a little higher than their hips,
so what you want to do is just take your friendly little block, and put it under your bum, really
sit down on your sit bones and ground down through your sit bones and you’ll notice my
knees have dropped below my hips. This protects my knees, especially the outer area of the
knee, and also my ankles.