How yoga can help you with your knee pain

Article credit Mathew Foster

Did you know that knee pain is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in America, with more than one third of people in this country suffering from it? Fortunately, there is a way out. In this article we teach you how yoga of all things can help you deal with knee pain, both preventing and helping you recover from injuries to this crucial joint.

Typical causes of knee pain include injury to a ligament like your ACL, weak hamstrings or quadricep muscles, or chronic conditions like arthritis. Perhaps more than anything it is our sedentary lifestyles that tend to weaken the leg muscles and make the knees more susceptible to injury. When your quadriceps for example are weak and under-developed, there arises a misalignment between your knee and the thighbone or femur, in which your knee fails to track properly and is pulled to the side. This sideways force weakens and wears away the cartilage supporting your knee.

Yoga, meanwhile, is about mindfulness and deliberate, thoughtful action. By training you to learn to pay attention to your body and what you're doing NOW, yoga therapy can help you become aware of the leg muscles that need work and provides you with the poses needed to strengthen them. It is also a great way of becoming aware of leg misalignment issues (another source of knee trouble), and correcting these. Here are the best yoga poses for your knees and how to do them:

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Why people are using hemp oil when practicing yoga

Mother Nature has a way of providing everything the human body needs. While cannabis use is certainly a controversial topic altogether, most people remain unaware of the fact that CBD oil (derived from the hemp plant) and yoga are closely intertwined. How you ask? Well, both are known to bring about balance through meditation, breathwork and postures for yoga, and through the endocannabinoid system that works at producing homeostasis and equilibrium; for yoga.

In a nutshell, the good moods emanating from the sense of well-being experienced while practicing yoga are basically a result of a triggered endocannabinoid system producing Anandamide – feel good neurotransmitters. The long and short of it is, the two are closely intertwined whichever way you choose to look at it from. Here's an in-depth look at why people are using hemp oil when practicing yoga.

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Being a spiritual leader at Tushitanepal yoga-meditation retreats, it is my pleasure to share some personal feeling and to let the yoga lovers know – facts and essence of yoga. Many people are aware of yoga-meditation for a healthy and happy life these days. However, still people have many layers of confusions / dilemmas regarding the origin and the essence of yoga. Therefore, I wished to provide authentic information to unveil misconception among yoga lovers- aiming for the restoration of world peace. Like a mirror, without any prejudice at all- I have attempted to reflect the object as it is. May the people understand with an apt conscience.

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Yoga in Aphrodite’s gardens

“This is such a special place” said my student, joining me for Yoga in Cyprus for the first time,
as we sat together on the edge of the gardens, looking over the sea. “It’s the space, I just love all this space.”

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“Space” is just what my Yoga retreats are all about in this special corner of Cyprus is all about. The space to rest and simply be and in that rest to come back home to ourselves for rejuvenation, balance and healing.

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Transforming Shadows Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Transforming Shadows Yoga Retreat in Portugal – Yoga Holidays Portugal


We are really excited this year to offer this unique retreat combining one of Jamie Catto's personal development workshops with daily yoga,
wild swimming, wholesome vegetarian food and a special screening of 1 Giant Leap.
Jamie Catto is a Creator, Producer / Director of the multi-award winning global 1 Giant Leap films and albums, and founder member of Faithless.

He now leads uniquely transformative workshops and one-on-one sessions. Drawing from the richly diverse wisdom, techniques and processes
he has encountered during his ground-breaking filming, recording, philosophy voyages across all 5 continents, he is weaving these creative
techniques and exercises to spark both Professional and Personal breakthroughs.
“Jamie Catto is kind, wise, open, boundlessly energetic, optimistic and passionate. I adore him." Stephen Fry

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At Yoga Holidays Portugal we offer a wide range of retreats, often including workshops for learning as well as yoga sessions,
for example our Nourish in Nature Retreats include daily workshops on herbs and nutrition specifically for women, as well as
daily yoga and meditation. Our small family run centre is held within a secluded and peaceful valley in the heart of Portugal.
We are completely off grid, offering guests a chance to experience a sustainable retreat without compromising on comfort.
We are a short walk away from a traditional Portuguese village and a beautiful lake for swimming.
For making a reservation – or +351961228729

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