There are also those who say, "Take up tai chi. It can't do any damage." But then other who say, "Do taiji wrong and you can damage your knees." Looking at the credentials of those who make the comments, I am tempted to go with the latter. If you practice seriously, there is a lot of knee bending, and a lot of knee turning. If you persistently bend and turn with your knees incorrectly you can do damage.
So, what have I learned about correct knee position? It's back to basics.
- Don't go too low as a beginner. The masters look great, but they have practiced for years and have developed great flexibility and strength.
- Make sure your knees don't go over your toes when you bend.
- Make sure your knees do not bend inward.
- If you get pain in your knees don't bend or turn to the point of pain. If you feel pain, pull back, raise your position.
I have been paying attention to these basic ideas. Number 3 has been very interesting. To move the knees outward rather than inward makes for a much stronger stance. It is also a definite point of attention. I think it may be that I have been allowing my knees to bend inward, particularly the back knee in any stance. So, I am paying attention still to knees. I'll report again.
Here's an interesting link about knee health: Yoga For Knees