If you've done any research on your yoga contraindication, or on yoga safety in general, then you've been advised to practice only with a "qualified yoga teacher." But what does that mean exactly? How do you evaluate your teacher based on your specific needs? And what the heck do all those different letters behind his or her name mean? Read on to understand a little about the kinds of yoga teachers that are out there, how they're certified, what they learn and how to make sure you're working with someone who fits and understands your specific needs.

Locking the knee is unnecessary and potentially leads to injury in the long run.“Lock your knees!” was the firm directive from my Yoga teacher. I’d decided to attend class in a new style, to try something different from the smorgasbord of modern brands. I enjoy keeping an open mind, knowing that various styles can do the same asanas in just a little different way. There’s usually no real “right” or “wrong.” What works for some body types and Yoga traditions doesn't work for others. 

Here's two important things to consider:
  1. The knees are engaged by a majority of yoga asanas, and, 
  2. knee injuries and pain are one of the most common joint issues reported by patients to their doctors.
What does that mean for your yoga practice? Simple, you should educate yourself about knee safety. Here's a few tips for protecting your knees or working around an existing injury.