Yoga Poses to Strengthen Knees

Let’s look at Yoga poses to strengthen those knees! First, it is wise to evenly distribute weight on them. Stand tall!

Half Squat Against a Wall: This pose strengthens the quadriceps, hamstrings and hips.  When doing this pose, please stand on a yoga mat.  As you move into the squat where your back is against the wall, make sure that your knees track over the center of your feet and do not extend beyond your ankles.  Also, keep your hips higher than your knees.

Bridge, gently squeezing a block between the knees: This pose also strengthens quadriceps and hamstrings, along with other muscles.   As with the squat, do not let your knees go behind your toes.  Squeezing the block engages the inner thigh muscles and promotes correct positioning of the feet.  Always keep both edges of the feet and all ten toes on the ground.

Cobra, bending the knees: This back strengthener also promotes mobility in the knee join and builds strength in the hamstrings.  You can either bend one knee at a time or both.  Flexing the foot as you bend the knee and imagining that you are wearing an ankle weight deepens the work.

The poses above can be modified based on your needs. Talk with your instructor for guidance. Namaste.