Protect Your Wrists and Shoulders

Protect Your Wrists and Shoulders

I have added a picture to the Helpful Illustrations Gallery that shows the main pressure points in the hand against the floor during postures such as Cobra, Locust, Plank and Downward Facing Dog. By applying pressure to the floor on the areas indicated, with the amount of pressure approximately equal to the size of the dots, you can protect your wrists and shoulders from injury. Other key considerations:

  • never let the indicated areas lift of the floor
  • there may be a slight cupping in the center of the palm
  • all fingertips are involved
  • a common mistake is to allow the weight to settle too much on the outside of the palm, opposite the thumb

These illustrations, which are simplifications, are meant to supplement the instructions offered in class and should not be considered as stand-alone instructions.

Written by Eric

Eric Jennings practices and teaches yoga in the style and method originated by Bishnu Ghosh, acclaimed Indian physical culturist. He holds certifications from Ghosh Yoga College of India (2016), Yogic Physical Culture Academy (2013) and Bikram Yoga, Inc. (2001). He has studied with Muktamala Mitra, Jared McCann, Mary Jarvis, Tony Sanchez, Marlysa Sullivan, William Huffschmidt, Yoganand Michael Carrol and Bikram Choudhury. With a background in theatre and performance one of Eric's strengths as an instructor is his ability to offer clear and accessible instruction making all practitioners, no matter their level of experience, feel safe, supported and encouraged in their practice.