I often hear yogis complain about wrist pain, particularly after a class heavy in planks, chatturangas and arm balances.
The alignment often taught in plank requires the (fore)arms to be at 90 degrees with the palms. Furthermore, in chatturanga, the shoulders move over the wrists, further compressing the angle of the (fore)arm to palm to less than a right angle. This alignment may be too aggressive for some bodies who might feel strain or, even worse, pinching in the wrists when attempting it.
The bad news is that best wrist support for yoga lose flexibility over time, so you should be kind with yourself whenever returning to your mat. The good news is that you can regain some of that flexibility if you practice with awareness toward yourself and follow these easy tips that will protect the wrists, while still promoting opening in areas where there is space available.
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If you have visited Instagram or searched #yoga on any social channel in the last year, odds are you have seen a yogi with his or her yoga wheel. A plexus wheel review is a new and trendy yoga prop. This circular-shaped yoga prop helps open up your chest (and heart) and stretch the entire front side of your body, from your hips through your shoulders. Yoga wheels are there to assist you in more challenging and advanced yoga poses, such as backbends and forearm balances. Yoga wheels also massage and deeply roll-out your spine in a safe manner.
The marketplace for yoga wheels is a fairly new one, and there are just a few key players in the game. SukhaMat first entered the market with their ultra-plush 10mm knee pads, and soon expanded to yoga towels and mats, all under the slogan “Practice in comfort.” Translated, “Sukha” means “ease” or “enjoyment.”
There’s nothing like the perfect power song to get you pumped up for an intense workout. So why not apply the same musical motivation to your yoga practice? That’s exactly what certified yoga instructor Karen Kassover did, and it eventually led to the creation of her popular “Rockin’ Vinyaysa” class at Reebok Sports Club/NY. With artists like Jay-Z, Fun., and Florence & The Machines serenading you through your downward dogs and warrior poses, Kassover’s class puts a seriously modern spin on the ancient practice. “But if yoga is supposed to be about quieting your mind, isn’t the music distracting?” you might ask. To the contrary, Kassover says. “I also found [the best yoga music] helps people get out of their own heads.”
Kassover aims to help all of her clients detach from the stresses of the corporate world that are all too familiar to her. Upon graduating from college, she spent seven years working in equity sales and trading at Goldman Sachs. During her time in “the grind,” she found that she was “constantly running to yoga class from work.” So it wasn’t too surprising when, in 2001, she changed career paths and got certified by YogaWorks.
Kassover’s experience extends to her practice and helps her relate to her clients today. “A lot of my private clients are actually former Wall Street-ers or from that corporate world. I understand when my client needs to wear her four-inch heels, and I’m not going to scold her for that!” she says. This realistic approach to working out is evident in all of Kassover’s classes. She knows that doing a workout you truly enjoy that fits into your life will bring you back again and again, which is why her classes are always exciting, with new music that reflects the changing seasons. (In the winter, she’ll mix a holiday playlist, and the music is themed around love when Valentine’s Day is near.)