How to avoid wrist pain in yoga

Have you ever gone to a yoga class and came out with wrist pain?

It’s important to protect your wrists. Safety first in all poses. Try these few important tips first against the wall and then on the floor.

Instead of letting energy go down to the wrists, open all 10 fingers and press the floor to send energy upward toward your body.  Don’t forget the pinky and the thumb.  They tend to left off as your hips go back.  Keep all 10 fingers straight, press the floor, keep the entire hand flat on the floor as you lift up with energy to take the weight off the wrists.

You can also shift the weight off the wrists toward the legs by bending your knees generously and pressing your hips further back until your hands feel a little lighter.  Once your body is more use to shifting the weight toward your legs, then you can slowly straighten the legs and keep the knees soft, without locking them.

You can always modify by putting your knees on the ground or coming to child’s pose.

Building the foundation is not always an easy job.  It takes a lot of practice, persistence and patience.  For most people, wrist pain will steadily go away with practice.  If the pain seems overly severe or you have an injury, please see a doctor for help.

Have you ever gone through a flow class and came out with wrist pain? It's important to protect your wrists. Safety first in all poses. Try these important tips on the diagram first against the wall and then against the floor.

 

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