Do you experience wrist pain when performing weight-bearing yoga poses? If so, you’re not alone. Cody coach Dana Falsetti is sharing four wrist-strengthening movements to help aid your practice. These exercises make a great warm-up to prepare your wrists for poses such as plank, crow, and downward-facing dog.
Begin in a tabletop position with your wrists positioned directly beneath the shoulders and your knees beneath your hips. Spread your fingers out wide, and press the ground away from you to protract your shoulders. Begin rocking back and forth, shifting your weight towards your shoulders and wrists.
From that same tabletop position, lift your palms up keeping your fingers and knuckles flat on the ground. Continue lowering and lifting your palms in a slow, controlled fashion. During this movement, it is important to keep your wrists and shoulders in alignment.
Remaining in a tabletop position, make two fists with your thumbs on the outside. Next, open up your palms and come down into a push-up. Make sure you keep your shoulders forward and in alignment with your wrists.
For the last movement, you will begin in a seated position with your arms extended straight ahead. Make a tight fist in each hand, and flash your fingers out to the fullest extent. Tighten your hands back into a fist and repeat.
Want to keep flowing with Dana? Check out her free yoga class here.