Power and propulsion (Part-1)

Power and propulsion (Part-1)

Power and propulsion (Part-1)


The Q Angle



The knee is considered as power and propulsion joint and is easily injured as it is on the receiving end of the force of movement.    The Knee is a hinge joint only moving in one plane and represents our ability to progress through our likes and dislikes as we move through the world as well as our feelings toward progress.  Our knees allow us to dance, to move, to run and to stand straight.

Connected with pride, ego, grace surrender as well as humility, the knees are our shock absorbers, they take the strain of the weight of the body above as well as the ups and downs below.  They are a major weight carrier and if the weight we carry is to great, be it physical or emotional, they show the strain.

In order to bow to a higher power, we must be relinquishing the ego and embrace humility or we risk becoming stubborn, proud, inflexible and self-righteous. 

 Our resistance to give in, to accept the present moment, is reflective in our knees where they can lock up, dislocate and cause you to use your ground.

As you approach your mat today, be mindful of your knees.  Begin by standing with the knees hip-width apart, this may mean feet together or feet apart.  It is important to remember that the more stable foundation may be expressed differently in your body as your hip placement may be different than your neighbors.  The angle of your quads should be a vertical line from your hips to your knees, not an angle inward i.e Q-Angle.  Also, remember that a male has wider shoulders and narrower hips then the female and as yoga was originally designed by men and for men, so women need to claim their right to make adjustments accordingly or risk injury.

Be mindful of the way the knee tracks over your ankle and foot, paying close attention to keeping the knee over the ankle when it is bent and loaded with your body weight.  In order for your knee to track over your second and third toe as you lunge forward give yourself permission to turn your toes out a bit, as this is safer then toes forward and the knee tracking inside of the big toe.

It is important to remember that teachers teach what works for them and you as a practitioner of yoga should make adjustments that honor the range of motion and structure of your body.  Explore the action of the asana without getting hung up on my toes should be here and my foot should be there.

The wider your base the more stability, and over time you may be able to change that width to honor where you are in your practice today.  The teacher is there to guide you but ultimately you are responsible for listening to the wisdom of your body and making adjustments accordingly.


Greater Stability

 

The ankles and knees are considered the power and propulsion joints and are easily injured as they are on the receiving end of the force of movement.  They represent the flow and motion of life, whether it will be full of grace, a bit spastic or maybe even disjointed.

The ankles allow you to stand upright and walk.  They reflect the support you depend on not just from others but also from your inner guide, (beliefs and convictions).  When challenged, doubted or questioned, you may fall if your internal guide or sense of being is weak.

The ankles allow flexible movement, but are also weight-bearing so problems could stem from carrying around too much emotional or physical weight and lack the flexibility for the direction, you are moving.  Maybe you are holding on to emotional energy and resistant to let go of creating conflict about not only the ground upon which you are standing on but support for where you are going.

Today as we move through our practice be mindful of exploring and using the full ROM of motion within your ankles.  Keep the arch of the foot-activated as you lift your toes to strengthen the ankle and the foot.  Make sure you articulate evenly through the ball of the big toe and the little toe, paying close attention to your tendency to roll your foot in or out, Invertor Evert.

As you leave the mat today, be mindful as you move throughout your day of the role the ankles play in your daily life.  The ankles can become chronically tense and interrupt the flow of life through them and as we lose flexibility and grace they become more susceptible to injury.  It is important that we keep them strong.  Vitality and flexibility in our ankle represent an open, giving and free-flowing way of being in the world.

We are working on building a strong foundation in our yoga practice with the intention that this newfound awareness we will be able to find greater stability and ease of movement as we move thru our day as well.




SHIVA

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