Why hyper extension or “Lock the knee” does not serve you!

Over many years of personal practice and teaching I have learned many different approaches to many different postures. One of my teachers Bikram Choudhury was adamant about locking your knee. Over the years I observed so many nagging pains and injuries in students and teachers alike. The problem was Bikram’s approach did not take into account proper bio-mechanics and is too focused on performing the posture rather than experiencing the process. A local teacher here in town Adam Ballenger explains clearly below how to keep your body active, rooted and expanded rather than dumping into your joints. If your teacher wants you to supinate your foot, spill out of your joints, fight gravity with only your will power and ultimately wear out your body…you may want to find a new teacher. Enjoy!


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Catherine McKenzie

Catherine is the Marketing Manager at Mountain Yoga. Catherine explored yoga in high school at the local recreation center, and then again in college at

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