Slow Flow: Focus on Knees

Guy Friswell
Instructor Guy Friswell
Average: 4.9 (9 votes)
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Guy helps you bring intentionality and purpose to your movements in this slow flow class with a focus on knees. Learn to tune into subtle sensations and make small adjustments that will keep your knees safe and stable in bent or straight legged poses. Note: you may want a folded blanket or other soft support for the kneeling poses. Check out some of Guy's other slow flow classes like Slow Flow: Seated Practice, or Slow Flow: Focus on Transitions. Oh, and please don't take Guy's photochromic lenses personally. He's only hiding from the sun, not you!

Equipment: None
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Seniors


MaryRose Metcalfe 2 weeks ago

For the past 8 weeks I have been experiencing tender and sensitive knee issues throughout my day. I do yoga 5 to 6 times a week (for one hour) and have been doing so since June 2019. Before this date, I was doing yoga once a week for an hour but retirement has now given me more time. I think I might be overdoing it and getting these knee issues as a result. I have read several tips and tricks to make sure your knees are aligned however my knees act up when I am putting pressure on one knee (for example all the warrior poses and variations of same). For the past few days I have been doing my own practice avoiding these poses to try and give me knees a rest and I think it is working.

Melissa taught me some good tricks will I was in Chacala and I am using these, but the sensitivity continues.

Can a person do too much yoga? Am I right in avoiding some knee work until me knees heal.

I have been runner, although only on tails, for about 20 years, but I'm not a fantastic - just once or twice a week for 5 to 7 kms. I also hike and do aqua-fit.

Right now I'm just sticking with my yoga as it has been -40 here in Yukon for the past few days.

Any advice or similar experiences would be most helpful.

David Procyshyn 1 week ago

Hi MaryRose.

Yes, one can do too much yoga, and it does depend on your body and your needs. There could be other things contributing to that, so you just want to be aware of what exacerbates and eases the discomfort in your knees.

I'm glad that Melissa was able to help you. I imagine that a gentle routine that mixes strength and flexibility would be a good place to start. Aqua-fit sounds like it would be ideal. Let me know how it goes.

dpm2384 1 month ago

Excellent practice! Just recovering from knee surgery and trying to figure out the best rehab (that's fun)! This is it. Easy and slow, yet gets you warmed up and moving. It's easy to modify the poses to fit your ability. Thanks!

unclejuice19 2 months ago

I believe the word "equanimity" is the choice for this practice. I truly appreciate the relaxed attitude of your practice and the joy with which you present it. Thank you Guy.

lorigreer 3 months ago

As I have a torn meniscus, I approached this class very carefully. After one class, I feel it is a helpful addition to my physical therapy. I can't do everything yet but am gently working towards building strength and increasing mobility. Thank you.

Guy Friswell 3 months ago

Yes, take it slow and easy. I had a torn meniscus about 10 years ago and went through arthroscopic surgery. Mindful practice over the years has brought me to a point where there’s really not much difference between my two knees.

Deborah Lilly 3 months ago

Nice one Guy - I feel my quads strengthening, taking pressure off the knee joint. I like the pace. Cheers, from Australia.

birdnthesky 3 months ago

I really enjoyed this practice. My knees have been sensitive lately due to increased walking. I'm hoping this helps strengthen them. I noticed the time is actually 30 minutes instead of 19 as listed .

Kelly Bouchard 3 months ago

Kelly from DoYogaWithMe here,

Thanks so much for pointing out this inconsistency. I have just changed the class information!

Great to have you in the community!