In the first of three "Bend the Knee" workshops, Cecily explores the joints above and below the knees. Expect movements that target the often underused muscles of your outer hips, feet and ankles as we progress through a series of exercises that can be modified to your ability. For those with knee sensitivity, come prepared with a blanket or cushion for added support in kneeling positions. Other props used throughout this session include a tennis ball, 1-2 yoga blocks, a broomstick, and space near a wall.
To make the most of this workshop:
1. Find a time when you're not in a rush. Better yet, do this workshop when you can focus on it without interruption. It's less than an hour long.
2. Honour your body's current capacities. Take care of yourself. If Cecily does 10 reps and you feel like 5 is your max, do 5. Modify the load and volume as much as necessary. If certain single-leg movements put too much stress on your knee, use your other leg for support. Move wisely. Don't push yourself to do more than what feels beneficial. If doing close to an hour of targetted lower-body work is more than what you're used to, break this workshop into smaller, more manageable segments. Build toward the full session over time.
3. Do Part One more than once! Chances are, your body needs time to figure out these movements to feel confident doing them. Don't treat this as a one-and-done class. Think of this workshop as a window into future possibilities. To realize the potential that's still to come, revisit these movements regularly to create the adaptations you're hoping for.