At The Yoga Underground, we believe intuition + knowledge > tradition, always.
Like many of you, I have had knee problems since I was teenager.
I’ve torn my ACL twice in my left knee, resulting in major reconstructive surgery both times. My right knee then overcompensated for years through all kinds of sports and athletics and yoga – as a result, both of my knees have had their fair share of trauma and unnecessary wear & tear.
You’re likely familiar with the idea that in a lunge, the knee shouldn’t go past the toes of the front leg. I’ve been told that probably 1000+ times over the 18 years of my movement/yoga journey! Yet this past summer, my brother Luke introduced me to the ideas of Ben Patrick (the Knees Over Toes Guy/@kneesovertoesguy) and it was an absolute game-changer for me.
Ben teaches that generally what has scared people about the knees over toes position is the pressure we feel in our knees, so we work to avoid this position. Avoiding the joint is easier short term, but that tells our body that we are no longer using the joint so it sends less synovial fluid (the oil lubricates and delivers nutrients to joints) and then the joint and surrounding muscles weaken and lose mobility.
So we actually need this pressure we’ve been avoiding, to keep the joint healthy and lubricated! A body with less pressure on it ages at a rate of 10 years older than a body with pressure on it. (You should see his 67-year old mom, running and jumping and squatting with the mobility of a 30-year old!)