Wrist Pain & Wrist Issues – Prevention & Adaptation — for Health & Wellness Coaches, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Holistic Healthcare Providers

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce wrist pain and explore considerations for supporting students who are experiencing wrist issues.


Become familiar with wrist pain and issues, and teaching considerations for supporting students who are experiencing or recovering from carpal tunnel syndrome or other wrist pain.


Note some potential causes for wrist pain and how posture and habits can contribute to wrist issues. Explain the typical advisement regarding weight-bearing poses for students experiencing wrist pain or soreness. Take note of poses that put significant pressure on wrists. For those whose pain has subsided, describe a gradual approach of returning to full practice. Provide a simple readiness test that can be used before engaging in practices that require 90-degree wrist extension. Explain how upper body alignment is related to wrist issues and how increasing strength and mobility of shoulders and upper back can help with wrist issues. Describe alignment points for weight-bearing asana. Be aware of where you can review stretches to help with range of motion in the wrists; alternatives and adaptations for relevant poses; sequences for those with wrist issues and related study resources.

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