How to avoid wrist pain in yoga and bodyweight exercises

Warming Up Is CRUCIAL!

This is true not only for push ups but most especially if you’re doing any hand balancing like crow pose and handstands!

Below is another quality video by Ryan of GMB for prepping/warming up your wrists

After you watch the video a couple times, you can just write down this “cheat sheet” below and always have it by your side for reference until you memorize it!

  1. Finger Pulses
  2. Palm Pulses
  3. Side to Side Palm Rotations
  4. Front Facing Elbow Rotations
  5. Side to Side Wrist stretch (lean/push away)
  6. Rear Facing Wrist stretch – palms down
  7. Rear Facing Wrist stretch – palms up
  8. Rear Facing Elbow Rotations (star trek vulcan salute)
  9. Forward Facing, Lean Forward as much as possible

Avoid putting all your weight in the heel of your hand!

This infographic by Candace helps you understand how to properly distribute the weight on your hands.

how to avoid wrist pain in yoga

Basically try to press the knuckle of the index finger firmly into the ground. If that part is lifting off, it’s dumping all the pressure into your carpal/wrist bones (the “heel” of your hand).

To exaggerate that effect (just for demonstrative purposes), you could try going into downward dog, and try to lift the heel of your hand off the floor so that all the weight is supported by the knuckles, you should find that there is zero wrist pain.

How to do push ups without wrist pain

As a follow up to my “How to do Push Ups” video that went viral, here’s some more footage that may help you out in regards to push ups:

For more help with wrists, read: Dealing with Wrist Sprains

  • Joice Barbosa

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  • Ishaan

    I’m a beginner. When you take the weight off the hand-heel, is it supposed to engage the “grip” muscles connecting the palm-to the thumb-knuckle? (The one which moves the thumb metacarpal so that it’s opposable?)

    I’m getting a sharp pain up my wrist when I try to shift the weight forward and it’s the kind of pain one typically gets when bearing too much weight somewhere – not sure if I’m doing it wrong somehow or I just need to work on wrist and grip strength? (And if the latter, is it that my thumb-knuckle or my wrist that needs strengthening?)

    (I think my wrist is normal and healthy, though it tends to hurt if I use the computer too much)