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Fresh Take Friday: Hands

Happy Friday, yogis! Today we’ll be taking a fresh look at bearing weight in the hands and arms.

Are you experiencing pain in the hands, wrists, or shoulders during your practice? Do you find poses with the hands on the ground challenging? This video contains some options you may not have heard before that can help improve how your body feels when you’re bearing weight on the hands.

As you play around with this remember:

  • You don’t have to be “perfect”, whatever that means. If you have a rogue pinkie finger or can’t quite find a way to change your finger position that feels supportive, don’t try to do everything at once.
    • Make incremental changes towards a new hand position. These might be very small.
    • Play with new hand positions when you don’t have weight in the hands. For example stand at the wall with plank pose arms and work on the new positioning with the hands on the wall.
  • The sensations in your body should be your primary guide. If you’re feeling pain or struggling when you’re trying something new, try another way.
  • If you need more guidance, take a class with me or book a private workshop for a more personalized approach.

The information, instruction, and advice contained in this video and post are in no way intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only. Not all exercises are suitable for everyone. Consult your doctor before beginning this or any exercise program.

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