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Save Your Wrists in Yoga Practice

The Wrist is one of one of the most fragile joints in the body. I remind my students a minimum of once a week that the human body has progressed to stroll upright, releasing the wrists and hands from clomping about on all fours like our extremely far-off ancestors.

And yet, in modern yoga, we are down on hands as well as knees on a regular basis, with presents such as Marjarasana (Cat/Cow Pose), Searching Canine Position, as well as a lot more tough postures for wrist honesty, toughness, and also flexibility such as Chaturanga Dandasana (Team Pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Canine) and also Urdva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog) postures, as well as Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)! We are typically asking a lot of our wrists, and for some it may be also much.

Here are some means to care for your wrists:

Movements of the Wrist

Start by taking your arms out in front of you with your hands turned up towards the sky– or envision it.
Flexion: From the beginning setting, bending the palm of your hand towards your breast. We rarely utilize this activity in yoga exercise asana, other than in the variation of Urdva Hastasana (Arms Expenses) where you intertwine your fingers, pulling the wrists away from each other, and take your arms expenses, with the backs of your hand encountering the ceiling.

Extension: From the beginning position, dropping your hand ahead and down so the palm deals with away from you. We usually use this motion in yoga exercise asana, from the small flexion of Downward-Facing Pet dog to the 90-degree flexion of Upward-Facing Dog, Slab Posture, Vasithasana (Side Slab Present), and so forth. In some cases we birth our complete weight with our wrists in this setting, as in Handstand, and also often we birth just a light amount of weight on it, for example, in Extended Side Angle pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) when the bottom hand is level on the floor or block.

Abduction: From the beginning setting, relocating the pinky sides of the hand far from the midline of your body. We utilize this movement when our hand is on the flooring or an assistance to change the angle of our hand and also wrist, such as in Downward-Facing Canine Pose when we turn our hands towards each other or in Purvottanasana (Upward Slab Position) when we turn our distribute a bit.

Adduction: From the beginning placement, removaling the pinky sides of the hands to each other, towards the midline of your body. We utilize this motion when our hand is on the flooring or a support to readjust the angle of our hand as well as wrist, such as in Downward-Facing Dog Position, when we transform our hands away from each other or in Upward Slab Posture when we turn our hands towards each various other.

Note on Rotation: Although it seems like the wrist joints can rotate, this action in fact comes from the lower arm bones surrendering one an additional, not from the wrist joint itself revolving.

Cautions for the Wrist Joint

Now let’s check out exactly what movements we may intend to avoid. Keep in mind, however, that we wish to preserve as much of our wrist joints’ full variety of movement as feasible. In several instances, my caution will not indicate “don’t” or “never,” but rather method carefully and stop if the motion worsens pain.
In basic, many individuals can securely do all of the wrist motions if they are not birthing weight on the hands and also wrists. A famous research study released in JAMA in 1999 Yoga-Based Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Disorder looked at utilizing yoga exercise to resolve one of the most usual ailments of the wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome, and also all of the poses used were non-weight bearing poses. So even if you have wrist concerns, you could still do a modified technique making use of lots of our positions!

Generally stay clear of a particular wrist activity if:

  1. The motion increases pain or feeling numb because of a painful wrist condition that is chronic, such as longstanding recurring pressure injuries of the wrist, general joint inflammation or thumb joint arthritis, or more acute, such as acute sprains and pressures of the wrist, Repetitive Strain Injury or brand-new ganglion cysts.

  2. If you have considerable swelling in the joint– whether from an intense injury or the flare of a persistent problem– as well as the swelling hinders a specific movement or elicits substantial pain during the movement.

Now for the details movements. That should stay clear of or lessen the complying with movements?


  1. Those with repetitive strain injury, which could aggravate with flexion, also when non-weight bearing.

  2. Those with arthritis of the wrist that ends up being much more excruciating with flexion, particularly when weight bearing.

  3. Those with a ganglion cyst (which usually shows up on the back of the wrist).


  1. Those with hyper-flexible wrist joints might desire to avoid complete expansion in weight-bearing positions to stay clear of deterioration on the interior wrist structures as well as overstretching ligaments.

  2. Anyone that experiences significant numbness and also tingling in the fingers as well as hands in expansion while bearing weight in the wrist joints.


  1. Those with arthritis at the base of the thumb (one of the most typical website for arthritis in the hand and wrist) or tendonitis of the thumb tendons, called DeQuervain’s tendonitis, due to the fact that abduction narrows the thumb side of the wrist joint which could press the arthritic thumb joint or the irritated tendon.


  1. Those with joint inflammation in the pinky finger side location of wrist due to the fact that this action can narrow as well as press this side of the wrist joint.

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