Standing Head To Knee
Wipe your hands, shift your weight, grab your foot!
Standing head-to-knee builds great concentration and determination. As you lock your standing knee, the contraction of the thigh creates a “suspension” of the knee joint, pulling bone away from bone. Done correctly, the posture strengthens and protects the knee. As you bend forward, you exert pressure on the heart muscle, exercising the heart and elevating the heart rate. The completion of all four stages of the pose profoundly strengthens the body and mind, improving confidence, focus, patience and determination.
“The standing leg is the trunk of the tree. It’s your foundation. Everything else is decoration–branches and flowers, ” senior teacher Chris Fluck
“It took me seven years to learn to lock my knee,” studio owner Katelynn Ingersoll
“You should be able to build your shore house on that leg,” senior teacher Leo Eisenstein”
“If your standing leg isn’t locked, your effort has started, but the posture has not,” teacher Fiona Yohannan
Thanks to Bikram Yoga East York for contributing content to this post.