If you’ve ever been to a yoga class that was fast paced or packed full of down dogs or arm balances before, you’ll remember the AMOUNT of time you spend leaning half or more of your weight on your wrists. Here s a couple of things to think about.
- The wrists can be quite vulnerable if we haven’t practiced how to hold the weight onto them.
- The wrist itself doesn’t have loads of muscles protecting it, the strength we need to keep the wrists safe comes from the forearm (both sides) and hand muscles.
- The wrists can be unforgiving if we don’t look after them… for example by practicing yoga arm balances without paying attention to the wrists, we can do damage that may or more importantly may not reverse!! YEAH!
- One of the BEST ways to protect your wrists during dynamic yoga is to actually make sure other joints and muscles are working to stabilise the weight above – so it doesn’t all lean into the wrists.
- We are all made differently – some people cannot bend the wrist to 90 without there being a compression of bone to bone, and some people (ME) are too bendy in the tendons and bend TOO far meaning they need more strength to hold the joint stable. (MORE about this later)
- HERES a Picture I used in teacher training to help people visualise where to press. What the dark green dots do, is counter the force of EXTENSION through the wrist by using the muscles of the forearm to FLEX the wrist. It’s all about balancing the wrist between Extension and Flexion.