Should I Be Opening My Knees for Lotus?
- When practicing Lotus pose (Padmasana), it’s generally recommended to open the knees by externally rotating the hips to protect the knee joints. By externally rotating the hips, you create space for the knee joint to avoid any strain or discomfort that can occur from forcing the legs into the full lotus position.
- To externally rotate the hips, you can begin in a seated position and bring the soles of your feet together, allowing the knees to drop open to the sides. You can then use your hands to gently press down on the thighs, encouraging them to drop further down, or use props such as blocks or blankets to support your knees if needed. As your hips and knees become more flexible over time, you may gradually work towards bringing the feet closer to the body, eventually moving into the full lotus position with the knees safely opened. It’s important to listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself beyond your limits to avoid any injury.