Healing and Preventing Wrist Pain

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Course Overview

This comprehensive course will help you maintain optimal wrist (and shoulder) health so that you can avoid tension and even pain in asana, as well as serious conditions (such as carpal tunnel syndrome).

Join expert teacher Doug Keller as he guides you through an anatomical overview of the wrists and lower arms, prop and alignment tips for preventing wrist injury and discomfort in asana, pose breakdowns for optimal shoulder and wrist alignment, and two practices that will help you put what you've learned into action.

The first short practice features basic stretches for developing wrist flexibility. The second is a longer and more challenging practice—featuring sun salutations, standing poses, backbends, and more—that will help you progressively bear weight in the hands and work deeply on a myofascial level. Doug will also introduce optimal placement of hands for facilitating a deeper opening through the chest and upper body to enhance healthy breathing. We hope you join us and use what you learn to enhance your own practice or your teaching methods.

In this 1.5 hour digital course, you will learn:

  • Anatomy of the wrists

  • Alignment and prop tips for preventing wrist discomfort and injury

  • How to safely and progressively bear weight on the hands

  • How to keep the wrists healthy

  • Optimal rotation of the arms at the elbows and shoulders in asana

  • Pose breakdowns

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

1.5 hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • Welcome to "Healing and Preventing Wrist Pain." In this segment, Doug offers an overview of what this course will entail.
  • Doug will break down the anatomy of the wrists, forearms, and elbows. He'll also explore wrist-strengthening exercises, and he'll offer optimal alignment suggestions for the wrists, shoulders, and elbows in weight-bearing poses.
  • Stretch and strengthen the wrists and explore optimal shoulder alignment! Join Doug for a 25-minute practice that will allow you to progressively work toward weight-bearing poses. This class includes an exploration of chaturanga arms, a wrist-friendly version of downward facing dog, and comprehensive pose breakdowns. Props: 2 blocks.
  • Join Doug for this 40-minute practice for healthy wrists. This class includes creative prop options that will help you strengthen the wrists and forearms and comprehensive breakdowns of mayurasana arms, dolphin pose, bridge pose, wheel, and more. Enjoy.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Doug Keller
Doug Keller has been teaching full time in classes, workshops, and trainings for 23 years worldwide,... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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