Category: Wrist Free Yoga

Episode 25 – “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Luggage”

I made it!  I’m here!  In Australia!  Holy crap, guys!

It was a wild (and long) ride but I got here, found a place to stay for a while, and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to meet some pretty incredible people.  I’m surprised at how much culture shock I’m not actually experiencing… and then of course surprised at the little bits of culture shock that I do have.

For example, I was surprised that all of the yoga studios I’ve been to don’t have woven Mexican blankets, they have wool blankets instead.  Well, duh– Australia isn’t right next to Mexico like the US is, and Oz has a major wool industry.  Oh, and the first time I went to print my CV it came out on some pretty weird looking paper.  Because yes, blondie, “US letter” is only really a common size in (you guessed it) the US!  {In case you’re curious, it’s a size called A4 elsewhere.  You’re welcome.]

I feel like I’ve been in this interesting place of spinning wildly in madness and uncertainty… but not really.  I’m pretty dedicated to remaining calm and going with the flow (read: rushing stream in Salmon season) and it’s making a huge difference.  All of that yoga and breathing and non-attachment really works — crazy, right?

In the midst of one of the most manic days of my first week out of the US, I filmed this episode.  Watch the dharma talk for a recap of how my last leg of travel panned out (spoiler alert – not super smoothly) and then when you’re done, watch the practice and bookmark the video for when you’re experiencing your own travel woes (or work woes.. or general woes.. or no woes… basically just do it whenever).  And send this to people you know who might be taking a trip soon, if you think it could be helpful for them.

Have you had your own travel madness?  How did you deal?  Comment and let me know – I’d love to hear from you!

 

Cheers, yo!

-*- Namaste -*-

April

 

Episode 18 – “No Wrists No Worries”

Ah yes, reggae rock.  The anthem of lazy days and summer time.  It’s also the anthem of this week’s practice, coming at you from Ancient Elephant.  You can check out their jams on Soundcloud and iTunes.  Huge thanks to those guys for giving me permission to use their tracks in this video.

These laid back grooves have me inspired to follow the Rastafarian edict “No Worries, Mon” and just get lost in a good flow.  My favorite medicine for anxiety and feeling the weight of the world is to direct my attention elsewhere.  My favorite place to direct my attention is towards movement.  My mind starts focusing on what my body and my breath are doing,

No major pose to work towards, no stress.  Well, there will be some challenging transitions for some of us — gotta keep us on our toes, right? — but there will definitely be no stress on the wrists.

That’s right — NO Chaturangas and NO Down Dogs in this practice!  Because (contrary to popular belief) Vinyasa doesn’t mean “do push ups and stand on your hands till you’re ready to cry and ice your wrists”.  It actually means that there is a flow of movement between poses, coordinating and connecting with the breath.  Thankfully, there’s a whole lot of transitions and breathing that we can do without the hands on the floor, so I’ve got a lot of good stuff for you this week.

Now, if you do wanna add in some more upper body work by doing a couple sun salutations, I’m certainly not going to stop you.  But make sure you’re taking care of yourself…

  • Make sure you’re not collapsing into your joints and down into the floor.  Activate the legs, arms and core, so that you can push down into the mat and feel the lift through the body that comes in response to that push.
  • Use the whole hand!  Don’t fall onto the heels of the hands, use your fingers too.  Try to distribute the weight evenly towards your fingerprints and knuckles.
  • Spread your fingers out so they take up more surface area and providing a steadier base.
  • Speaking of knuckles, I find we’re often letting the index finger knuckle float off the floor as the weight in the hands rolls towards the pinky finger.  Get that index knuckle down there, it’s a strong finger, use it!

Agh! I should totally just post a video about all this, shouldn’t I? You’re right! Look for that next week. I’ll spend a little time breaking down hand/arm positioning so that maybe you’ll have some more resources for building up strength to ease back on wrist pressure.

In the mean time, let’s get off those wrists, get lost in the movement, and practice a little “Haku-namaste.” (It means no worries… You got the rest, right 😉 ? )

Oh, and when you’re done, go ahead and fire off some comments to me and let me know what you think of this flow, and any other requests for future focus or concerns about your practice.

AND ALSO TO LET ME KNOW ABOUT YOUR BAND! Because I wanna put your music in a future episode. Let’s talk tune-age.

Cheers, yo!
-*- Namaste -*-
April

 

 

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