This article is an excerpt from Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes by Erin Taylor. In this comprehensive guide, Taylor identifies the 10 most common issues holding athletes back and gives specific poses to solve them. In addition, the book incorporates breathing and focus exercises to make you a stronger athlete in both body and mind.
We race around without paying much attention to proper joint alignment, when our form falters our knees suffer. Because the knee joint relies heavily on ligaments for stability it is particularly vulnerable to compensation, wear and tear. Aligning your stride and building a solid foundation takes work, but your knees will thank you for the effort!
PROBLEM: If your knees aren’t tracking forward over your ankles, they’re not aligned and will be less stable, increasing your risk of injury. The same is true if you’re a chronic knee-locker—the joints become unstable and that instability will only continue to increase and worsen over time.
SOLUTION: The basic lunge is one of the most fundamental movements and mastering it is key for preventing injuries. By practicing variations on this classic pose you can create optimal alignment, stabilize your joints, and increase fluidity in the muscles supporting the knee joint.
Assess your alignment with the Hit Reset self test.
Now that you understand how your knees are compensating for misalignment, focus on Reset Routines that will improve stability and prevent knee strain on and off the mat. HitReset and make a pledge to save your knees!
Gain balance, strength, and mobility with Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga For Athletes by Erin Taylor. The HIT RESET approach uses yoga to solve the specific problems you face as an athlete. Her revolutionary way to do yoga can improve functional strength, flexibility, muscle recruitment, breathing and focus, core strength, and durability.