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.