My wrists have been really bugging me lately, and in looking for a yoga practice that takes weight off my hands/wrists, I found this article about why downward facing dog is bad.
Disclaimer: I am not a yoga teacher, nor do I think that my yoga teachers are wrong. I’m not critiquing them (or any of my past instructors) in any way, and I’m certainly not trying to tell them what to do. I’m just saying that downward facing dog is my least favorite pose, and the one that I’ve never felt comfortable in. It ALWAYS makes me feel like my wrists are about to break and that circulation is getting cut off in my hands. My increased upper body strength has helped me shift my weight during this pose, but some days DFD just doesn’t happen for me. This article about why my wrists hurt during DFD helped me focus on a few things to begin correcting it, but spending more than a few moments each day in this pose is not something I look forward to. (Which is funny, considering that pigeon pose is one of my favorite ways to open up.)
I want to have a better time in DFD – it’s a major part of a sequence for so many other enjoyable poses, and it makes me feel strong. But man, it is ROUGH. (I almost said ‘ruff’. You’re welcome.)
– Can you hold a forearm plank for 50 seconds?
– In pushup position, can you lift a hand from the floor without twisting or flexing your trunk?
– Can you do 3 pushups with your feet on a higher surface than your hands?
– While standing, can you lift a knee toward your belly without flexing your lower back?
So many poses, so little time. I’m curious as to how others feel about this pose, and how they’ve adjusted their practice to accommodate or remove it.
Meanwhile, the animal kingdom continues to kick our butts.