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Can yoga help straighten knock knees?

Yoga may assist in straightening your knock knees.  Yoga helps to practice the art of flexibility and strength by holding poses in certain positions for extended periods of time.  Some of these poses will be directed towards strengthening and elongating the ligaments around your knee.  This may result in increased flexibility to assist in straightening your knock knees.  However, be sure when practicing to get guidance from a certified yoga instructor.

Knock knees can be caused by certain muscles being overactive (tight) while other muscles are underactive (weak). If this is indeed the case, there are asanas (yoga postures) that can stretch and lengthen the overactive muscles and strengthen the weak muscles.

Standing poses, when done correctly, will help you gain strength; they must be performed with perfect alignment though, so guidance from an experienced yoga instructor is critical. He or she will also show you stretches that can help improve your knee alignment.

Furthermore, yoga will teach you to move with mindfulness and you will learn to apply this awareness in everyday life activities, such as when you walk up and down stairs.

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