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Old 08-03-13, 07:10 PM  
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Yoga that is easy on the wrist?

I am trying to get into a regular workout rotation. I am dealing with pain on my wrist. I am also dealing with plantar fasciitis. I would like to include yoga in my rotation but so far, I have been discouraged. They have all been heavy on the wrist. Are there any yoga dvds that are easy on the wrists? I am a complete beginner, thanks.
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Old 08-03-13, 07:16 PM  
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You are right; that is hard to find! a couple of years ago I sprained my wrist and was in a cast (they weren't sure whether I broke it) and it was difficult to find doable yoga during that time.

Yoga that avoids downward dogs seems to be the way to go. I think there is only one downward dog in Barkhan yoga, but I have not done it recently-- but I DO remember it is very light on the downward dogs. Bikram yoga avoids downward dogs, too, but the only video I know of for that is Raquel Welch's VHS.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-03-13, 07:21 PM  
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It seems like Level 1 of Jill Miller's Yoga At Home is very easy on the wrists. I have a lot of arthritis in my wrists and find that hers do not bother me. I don't know if you can buy just Level 1 though. http://www.yogatuneup.com/yoga-at-home-fitness

Jill's yoga is not a flow practice. It's not like any other yoga I've ever done - it's kind of like physical therapy meets yoga. Months 5 & 6 of Level 1 do have a few down dogs, but they are not held long and it's easy to skip poses that don't feel good and pick right up with the next pose she does.

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Old 08-03-13, 07:23 PM  
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You ca also modify with half-dog on your knees. I do this when my wrist is bothering me

I also have Jill Miller's lvl 1 and it is very easy on the wrists. Any practice labeled gentle should be as well, although I would not call hers gentle. It is more therapeutic as Carol mentioned.
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Old 08-04-13, 11:12 AM  
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Yoga for Stress Relief with Barbara Benagh did not have many poses that use the wrists depending on what practice you select.

Viniyoga might be good. I know it has a lot of hands and knees though. You might want to check out a clip.

Yoga for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason has no downward dogs. There's one section of hands/knees but I think that's it for the wrist. You can always skip those poses.

All of these are beginners. I especially like Yoga for Weight Loss because it shows beginner to advance modifications.
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Old 08-04-13, 11:29 AM  
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Wow, you guys are all giving me great tips! Thank you all so much . Please keep the recommendations coming! I really want to get into yoga.
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Old 08-04-13, 11:54 AM  
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Try gloves!

These are pricey!! But they are amazing, great gloves to support your wrist!

http://www.wristassuredgloves.com/shop/
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Old 08-04-13, 12:22 PM  
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These are pricey!! But they are amazing, great gloves to support your wrist!

http://www.wristassuredgloves.com/shop/
Sadly, these gloves did not help me. I know they have helped others at VF. I've had better luck using Grip-Its, but unfortunately these are no longer made.

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Old 08-04-13, 01:46 PM  
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Yoga for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason has no downward dogs. There's one section of hands/knees but I think that's it for the wrist. You can always skip those poses.
I wanted to add that Suzanne Deason has 2 Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss DVDs. The one called A.M. & P.M. Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss has downward dogs in both the am & pm routines.
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Old 08-04-13, 02:30 PM  
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I wanted to add that Suzanne Deason has 2 Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss DVDs. The one called A.M. & P.M. Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss has downward dogs in both the am & pm routines.
Yes to both. And Suzanne's Balance Ball DVD's from Gaiam are yoga-ish (except Balance Ball for Weight Loss, that is Pilates).

Here are some others:
  • Erich Schiffmann's Beginners
  • Zyrka Landwijdt's Gentle Yoga
  • Ashley Turner's Yoga for Flexibility & Stress Relief
  • Rodney Yee's AM Yoga for Your Week
  • Mark Laham's Yin Yoga (it says "power" in the title but it's not power yoga)
  • In general, Ravi and Ana's Kundalini yoga programs are wrist friendly, with some exceptions
  • restorative and Svaroopa yoga
  • there is an all lower body and core DVD - escapes me at the moment. I'll edit when it comes to mind. Leslie Kaminoff is the teacher
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