Monthly Archives: September 2016

Mysteries of the Wrist

One of the niggling things I notice with yoga is a perpetual pain in my left wrist. For a while I had some pain in left hip however that was just for a few months. The wrist has been sensitive since I started.  It’s my left wrist and I’m left handed. I feel it most in Locust, where my left palm does not seem to able to lie flat on the floor, it twists a bit. I sometimes remain concerned as I’m seen several yogis have to get wrist surgery and I imagine it’s a sensitive area and easy to overwork or misalign. It’s a bit odd to me though, as except for Locust, I don’t feel my wrist being worked and strained that hard in my Bikram class. I’m not doing handstands or anything that puts a lot of pressure on my wrist that I aware of. I have extremely tight shoulders, so then I wonder if that could be impacting my wrist in any way…  Then it dawns on me, I’m left handed, so maybe it has little to do with yoga and more about carpal tunnel and typing in front of a computer all day. Could yoga actually be helping and the reason my wrist hurts is that I’m trying to undo some of the strain? Or, is it pushing and prodding me into positions that are not ideal for my body. My wrist hurts the most after yoga, so not sure…

Yogis, do you have wrist pain/injuries and experience with this?

60 minute Bikram class

Although I consider myself a purist, I recently took a 75 min Bikram class my studio offers. To my pleasure, it was basically the same class for for the majority of the time and at the end, the last few postures seem to get truncated. It was familiar and I thought I’d totally go back if only a 75 min fit into my schedule. Then on Monday, I tried a 60 minute class. This, as you might expect, was more different. The standing series seems largely similar, although you do some postures 1x, not 2x. The bigger changes seemed targeted to the spine series and what follows. Those were more truncated, 1 set only for several, shorter savassanas and a combo camel/rabbit that wasn’t too easy. Certainly I’d take the class over not taking a class, but I’d have to say it wouldn’t be my preference. I felt more out of breadth and less stretched. Since I do cardio separately, I’d rather my yoga work on flexibility. I did like the teacher, funny and kept emphasizing proper form vs. depth (or ego as he called it). My studio now offers an Intermediate Class as well, which I figure I’m know where near ready for… but it is interesting how many “official” Bikram studios have deviated from the 90 min class. I guess they’re trying to attract more students? Have any of you tried these hybrid classes?

 

 

Cardio

I’ve never quite figured out how to balance yoga and with other workouts. For one thing. yoga is so time consuming that it often feels like it’s hard to do anything else. Lately I’ve been doing more cardio. It’s monotonous but I do like the feeling of stress relief and working actively on my heart health. I also do like the convenience. I can get a great workout in 45 min and be in and out of the gym in an hour. Bikram is 90 min, plus 40 min back and forth, plus prep time for drinking, etc. So cardio has been dominating lately. I need to get back into the yoga fold and soon. It’s never fun getting back into the swing of things when you’ve missed a week or 2, but I’m hoping the fact that at least I’ve been exercising will help. I do find yoga sort of an all or nothing activity. I get swept up in trying to go 4-5x a week and then do no other workouts or I do other workouts and can’t quite balance yoga into my routine. What do others do?

The pluses of yoga of course are the increase flexibility, overall working of the body and sweating that releases a lot of crap. I’ve found yoga has helped me also keep my cholesterol lower. It hasn’t helped as much with weight loss (in my case). Doing more cardio, I find my endurance is better, it’s better for weight loss and it makes me tighter and stiffer (particularly in the hips and shoulders, 2 of my tightest areas to begin with!)…

Good luck with whatever your workout routine is. Namaste!