Bad wrist

I mentioned briefly I have a bad wrist at the moment. Sadly it’s a yoga-induced injury. I have only had a couple in my 4 years practicing, and none serious but it’s still enough to knock me back a bit.

I am 4 weeks into a 6 week intro to Ashtanga course and have been trying to practice the Primary Series 3 times a week. First week went great, next week I was ill so restorative practices for a few days, then came illness-induced boredom. Itching to get back to my leaping and binding I was “playing” with jumping through- that great Ashtanga transitional move, and I leant too hard on my left wrist. Ow, sore, no weight bearing for a few days. Hence yoga-induced injury.

There is an backstory as to why I leant too hard on my left wrist but that painting/yoga injury story is for another day.

Bizarrely the day before I had been learning about how the wrist, unlike the ankle, is not developed for weight bearing. So in yoga, with the amount of poses that require us to put weight on our wrists (eg plank, chaturanga, downward facing dog) we must remember to recruit the other parts of the hand to ease the load on the wrist.

I must remember to not just allow the weight to sink into my wrist, but to press through my palms and fingers.

This is all well and good but a lot of weight bearing asanas require a tremendous amount of strength and energy. Energy used to hover over the ground in chaturanga means less energy is available to me to remember not to screw my wrists up. What I need is more ease in the pose, I need stronger abdominal support. So…

I will devote time every single frigging day to build my abdominal strength.

The reason why I lean into my left wrist over my right is because of the aforementioned earlier painting/yoga injury. My shoulders have a tendency to stiffen up which puts pressure on my over-used right arm and causes my right elbow to not be able to hold my weight in chaturanga sometimes. I have devised a sequence of stretches that help my arm. So…

I will keep up with the shoulder stretches.

Finally, and most importantly.

I will never ever ever again “play” with jump throughs when I am not warmed up. Ashtanga is NOT for playing with. It is a serious practice and I must always do it with a straight face. It will in turn reward me by not giving me a wrist injury again.

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