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Yoga for wrist health: 4 easy exercises for strong and flexible wrists

ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
Feb 29, 2024 01:09 PM IST

Yoga expert suggests 4 exercises to incorporate into your daily fitness routine to promote wrist health

Wrist health is crucial in Yoga practice, as many poses require strong and flexible wrists to maintain stability and prevent injury hence, whether you are a seasoned yogi or just starting out, incorporating wrist exercises into your routine can help improve strength, flexibility and overall wrist health. Read on as we explore why wrist health is important in Yoga, common wrist issues faced by practitioners and specific exercises to strengthen and stretch your wrists.

Yoga for wrist health: 4 easy exercises for strong and flexible wrists (Photo by Anete Lusina on Pexels)
Yoga for wrist health: 4 easy exercises for strong and flexible wrists (Photo by Anete Lusina on Pexels)

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, Founder of Akshar Yoga Kendraa, shared, “Maintaining good wrist health is essential not only for preventing injuries but also for enhancing your Yoga practice. Strong and flexible wrists allow for better stability and balance in poses, enabling you to explore more advanced postures with confidence. Moreover, healthy wrists facilitate smooth transitions between poses, improving overall flow and fluidity in your practice.”

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Exercises for Strong and Flexible Wrists

Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar suggested to incorporate the following exercises into your Yoga routine to promote wrist health:

1. Wrist Circles

Start in a comfortable seated or standing position. Extend your arms in front of you at shoulder height, palms facing down. Begin circling your wrists in a clockwise motion, gradually increasing the size of the circles. After several rotations, switch to a counterclockwise motion. Repeat for 1-2 minutes, focusing on smooth and controlled movements. Wrist circles help improve circulation, mobility, and range of motion in the wrists, making them an excellent warm-up exercise before your yoga practice.

2. Wrist Flexor Stretch

Begin in a kneeling position with your palms resting on the floor in front of you, fingers pointing back towards your knees. Gently lean back, keeping your palms flat on the floor, until you feel a stretch along the underside of your wrists and forearms. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds, focusing on deep breathing and relaxing into the stretch. Repeat 2-3 times, gradually increasing the intensity of the stretch as you feel more comfortable. This stretch targets the wrist flexor muscles, helping to alleviate tension and improve flexibility in the wrists and forearms.

3. Wrist Extensor Stretch

From the kneeling position, flip your hands over so that your palms are facing up, fingers still pointing back towards your knees. Gently lean back, pressing your palms into the floor, until you feel a stretch along the top of your wrists and forearms. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds, breathing deeply and maintaining a gentle pressure. Repeat 2-3 times, adjusting the intensity of the stretch as needed. The wrist extensor stretch targets the muscles on the top of the forearm, promoting flexibility and mobility in the wrists.

4. Forearm Plank

Begin in a plank position with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your body in a straight line from head to heels. Engage your core and leg muscles to support your body weight, keeping your wrists strong and stable. Hold the plank for 30-60 seconds, focusing on maintaining proper alignment and breathing steadily. Gradually increase the duration of the hold as you build strength in your wrists and core. Forearm plank is an excellent exercise for strengthening the wrists, forearms, and core muscles simultaneously, helping to improve overall stability and endurance in yoga poses.

He concluded, “Incorporate these exercises into your regular yoga routine to promote wrist health and enhance your practice. Remember to listen to your body and modify or skip any movements that cause discomfort or pain. With consistent practice and attention to proper alignment, you can cultivate strong, flexible, and resilient wrists that support you in your yoga journey.”

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