The knee is a hinge joint that moves front to back and has a little bit of side to side movement. The knee works in conjunction with the ankle, feet, and hip to move the leg around in every which way an asana, or life, can take you.
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Get the Body Rolling! Oh my!
Fluffing your muscles...
How do you fluff? By rolling out the muscles listed above and then moving the ball down to the lower part of the leg and practicing different moves such as shin rolling, foot rolling, and the calf mash. The calf mash is when you keep both of the Yoga Tune Up balls toted in their mesh bag, you place your calf on top of the balls on top of a block and you roll the toted balls up and down the length of your gastroc muscle. (see photo above).
A few moves we used to train the leg muscles to navigate and tone in the right way:
- Imaginary Gas Pedals (with or without a ball under your thigh)
- Quad Stretch
- Hip Hinge (with a back leg raise, similar to Warrior III, to engage the gluteal muscles and the psoas.
Check Up on Your Knees
Be kind to you! Be kind to your knees!
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