By: Natalie Anthony
I hope the poses we’ve explored over the past few weeks have helped you. Feel free to do your favourites as much as you’d like. Up next? A part of the body that’s often overlooked – your wrists.
Wrists: Using a computer mouse, writing, and practicing yoga put strain on our wrists. Here are some easy ways to release fixation and tension in this joint.
- Extend your right arm and make a stop sign with your hand. Bring your left palm over your right fingers and gently draw them back. You should feel the stretch in the bottom of your right wrist and forearm. Slowly release. Then, bend your right wrist so your fingers point to the floor. Gently press the left palm on the back of your right hand. Shake out your wrist after you hold each variation for a few breaths. Do the same stretches with your left wrist.
- Circle your wrists slowly – in one direction and then the other. Try to circle the wrists the same number of times in each direction.
- Clasp your thumb and index finger around your wrist joint (above the bone) and squeeze gently. You can also do slow pulses on the joint. Repeat this on the other wrist.
Tip: I like to perform wrist exercises in the morning to wake up the joints, and in the evening after a day of typing and teaching yoga.
Natalie Anthony, Yoga Instructor B.A., Corp. Comm., RYT-200
As a former triathlete, turned corporate leader, turned yoga instructor, Natalie discovered yoga makes her strongest and happiest.A serious accident brought Natalie to yoga. A passion for making others happy keeps her on the mat. Natalie is an internationally certified and registered Vinyasa and Yin yoga instructor. She currently teaches customized group and private sessions at Balance Fitness and at various corporate offices in downtown Toronto. Natalie also combines her love of yoga with a passion for communications and is a regular contributor for Village Living magazine.