It’s okay to bend your knees! More than okay—it’s hugely beneficial in a LOT of postures.
These are three examples of where you may be able to lengthen, strengthen, and open much more effectively just by bending your knees.
🐶 In downward dog, open the shoulders more by bending your knees
🌜 In crescent lunge, lengthen your spine and stretch the hip flexors (as opposed to sinking into the lower back) by bending your knees
⛵️ In boat, strengthen the lower abdominals by keeping the spine from rounding, made easier by bending in the knees.
You can always work to straighten them later!
Bent knees also help work towards strong alignment in chaturanga, side plank, revolved side angle, and sooo many more!
These are things I’ve learned from my teachers. And I continue to learn how best to share these tips with you all, whether on here or in my workshops or retreats. I love getting your feedback to know I’m communicating my tips well, so thank you all who have given me feedback! It means so much 🙏🙏🙏