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18 March 2005

Bend it like Beckham? Yeah, right.


I cannot bend my left knee without great amounts of pain, so I gimped through my Bikram yoga class as best I could the other day, making modifications whenever possible.

If you look at the 26 postures that make up the Bikram practice, you'll see most of them require a bended knee or two.

The standing postures that depict a straight leg? Don't be fooled. One needs a bended knee to get into them.

I can do postures 1 and 2, and then 15-18, but the rest of the time I'm contemplating the ceiling and enjoying the 105F temps.

Who knew the knee was so integral?


Blogger hexacontium said...

well, you don't really need a bended knee. It's all a matter of practice I guess. I rather have problems with postures 17 and 18, which usually results in a cramp on different back muscles :(

3:15 am  
Blogger Maureen said...

Actually, #3,4,5,6,9,11,12,14,19,20,21,22,23,24,25, and 26 cannot be done without bended knee. These are postures that require knees bending. (even if it doesn't show in the picture, the set up requires bending knees).
#8 and #10 require bended knee unless the practioner is extremely flexible. Most people bend knees in both postures in order to get benefits.

2:32 pm  

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