Living consciously is not solely a mental-emotional practice. It also includes being aware of how you use and take care of your body daily. How you take care of your body is not only about what you eat and how often you move. It is also about how you move.
One part of your body that is highly impacted if you spend most of your day on computers and phones like most 21st century humans, is your wrists. In fact, since we use our hands for most things in life, our wrists are also involved. Made up of many delicate bones, wrists are actually anatomically complex and can be of the most vulnerable joints in our body, making it important that we keep them healthy.
However, wrist pain or weakness is not an uncommon complaint. And often, it is within our yoga practice that the pain or weakness will present itself, since we rely on wrists a lot in asana for chaturangas, hand balances, etc. There are a myriad of causes that could be the culprit, such as repetitive movement like typing, improper ergonomics at your desk, or even pain stemming from your neck and shoulder area.
So moral of the story - don't underestimate the importance of taking care of this unassuming part of your body, folks... don't wrist your wrists! (I said it 😂) Here are a few tips to help you take good care of this fragile body part even when you're not doing asana:
I personally used to have really weak wrists, but have worked to strengthen and stretch them over the years, using the practices in the video below. My wrists have since become much stronger and happier, and never give me problems anymore! I now include wrist warmups in almost every practice I do and/or teach (especially if performing many chaturangas and down dogs during that session). Here are the exercises:
I hope these practices help you feel a little more stable and strong both on the mat and in your daily life! If you enjoyed this video or blog, please share on facebook and tag me @elanaloveyoga! And come join me for a class to support those wrists even more!