Avoiding injury in the yoga lotus position

Tina Juan is an author, TV host, and health club owner. On her website she writes that one of the most dangerous things you can do in yoga is to force the knees into a lotus position.

“If you don’t have the flexibility in the hip joint to bring your bent legs into a fully open position,” she continues, “you can damage the knee joint when you try to maneuver your feet and ankles into the lotus.”

Yoga Journal (teachers edition) also provides insight into the problem of the lotus position, and what you might do to reduce the risk of injury.

If your yoga has progressed to the point that you are attempting or considering this asana, read this article and the one by Ms. Juan.

Photo: YATAN Holistic Ayurvedic Centre

11/22/06 17:41 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.