When it comes to your yoga practice, here is my foremost piece of advice:
“If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it!”
So what is a yogi to do when they have knee pain during their practice? Essentially there are two options:
- Don’t kneel!
- Figure out how to make it feel good.
On the don’t kneel option, there are tons of yoga poses that don’t require putting your knees on the ground, so stick with those! I have a handful of classes in my OmDemand library where we don’t bear weight on the knees, and am always happy to accommodate special requests in my online classes. BOOM, problem solved!
However, if the classes you like to attend have a decent amount time spent on the knees and you don’t want to figure out how to modify on your own, then let’s figure out how to make it more comfortable!
Start by kneeling on your bed or your couch. If kneeling on a super padded surface makes it work, then keep reading to pick the best padding option for your knees.
Yoloha Yoga makes my favorite yoga mats! They are earth friendly and have great structure (don’t stretch in wide leg poses) and grip (hands and feet don’t slip). This is their thicket mat at 6mm thick.
About as thick as you can get for a yoga mat without sacrificing ability to balance and good structure and traction is 8mm. 8mm mats tend to be rather heavy and kind of a pain to lug around. Here is one from a reputable brand that I have tried and liked (Jade) and here is one that I found on amazon that is cheaper, but that I’ve never tried before (8mm).
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