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April 27, 2015
After MRI, it was found that my Yoga student had torn a meniscus. He was advised to have surgery. Surprisingly, he never had surgery, up to this point. Seated forward bends have helped relieve his pain. For a time, he practiced with a chair as a Yoga prop for many reasons that concerned the healing of his knee. I can't say he feels as good as new, but he has made big improvements and Yoga did help.
If anyone has knee problems, the hardest thing to do is sit down and elevate the knee. When active Yoga students have to mend themselves the body is talking and all of us should listen. I will keep you informed of his progress, but for now the standing series and surya namaskars are not to be performed without a chair.
So I endorse a chair, even if the rest of my Yoga students do not need one. Yoga instructors have to address the specific needs of each Yoga student.
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