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Power Yoga for Wrist Injuries

Intermediate II

It's frustrating when you feel like you can't do your regular yoga practice due to wrist pain. Fiji shows you how you can maintain the same intensity level of a power yoga flow, while keeping the wrists safe. She takes you through a challenging flow that strengthens and stretches the entire body, particularly the shoulders.

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krisstinahawks
December 18, 2020
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Thank goodness for you. I have a repetitive use injury, and this class gives me all the intensity I want without hurting my wrist! Sending you love, Fiji!

amyamalick
December 1, 2020
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Thank you so much for this practice. I have long suffered from tendinitis in my wrists and this always provides the welcome relief when I’m having a flare up. After intensifying my yoga routine during quarantine, I started practicing on my fists as an antidote, but am worried I’ve made things worse because I now have pretty terrible pain on the outer joints of each wrist. I did a teledoc appointment and was told it’s likely just tendinitis and to rest up, but am losing my mind not being able to practice for the past week. It occurs to me that if I can find another few practices that have no arm balancing, I can use the modified sun salutation and have enough variety to keep it interesting while I recover. If you have any recommendations for other DYWM classes that might work for this purpose, I’d love your thoughts. Thank you for keeping me sane all year (and many years previous)!

SoniaM
October 22, 2020
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A wonderfully challenging class. Great shoulder strengthener. Loved moving my body in new ways. Will do this again even after my wrists have healed. Thank you.

Eslakin
September 11, 2020
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These were the first sun salutations I've done in two weeks since I sprained my wrist and I feel like myself again! This class is a true life saver for a yogi with a wrist injury that refuses to give up their daily practice for an injury. Thank you Fiji for reminding me to embrace the healing and what we learn from it :)

MaryRose Metcalfe
August 19, 2020
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This is a great practice with, or without, wrist injuries. I loved the movements from pose to pose. This was a good choice to insert this practice to the 21 day shoulder challenge that I am doing.

Verab
July 2, 2020
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I’m developing arthritic stiffness in my thumbs. This is a perfect class to give them some rest.
Thank you Fiji!

ericagwright@gmail.com
April 28, 2020
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I LOVE FIJIIIII!!!!!!!!!
I was feeling soooo off today. I said something I shouldn't have to the wrong person and I've just been SOOOOOOO in my head about it. Making myself wrong, overthinking, feeling shame and guilt and embarrassment. I KNEW a class with Fiji would shift my attention and perspective.

"Find the gifts even in the injuries." .... that applied to the "injuries" we face in life and relationships as well.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Fiji. I am endless grateful for your lessons and insights. <3

krisstinahawks
June 7, 2019
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I do this practice even when my wrists are strong and healthy. The lightness in the hands leads to power in the legs and core, and the shoulders get a great workout followed by a deep stretch. I love it! Thanks Fiji!

essztus
May 2, 2019
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I had broken my wrist two month ago and had two K-wires inserted and just a week ago taken out. My hand was so stiff and I could barely move it and this was the first video I came across, that offered alternatives good enough that I did not feel like I'm hurt, injured or any less able, yet it still has me work towards a healthy and fully recovered wrist. Thank you very very much for this!

laurelmcdonald
January 6, 2019
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Thanks for this video. As someone with a chronic wrist problem, I often have trouble following yoga classes. I will try to incorporate your modified sun salutation into other classes. It would be great to have more wrist-friendly videos to choose from.

magicadiam
November 5, 2018
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This is a wonderful class, I loved it. But with dolphin pose being central here, I am happy that I do not have wrist injuries. Dolphin pose for me is one of the most challenging as some shoulder flexibility AND flexibility in the back of the legs is needed. Although I am working on both and practising yoga fairly regular and nearly daily I have not been able to make progress to such an extent that I feel dolphin pose is what it should be. Well, I guess I have to work harder and be more patient at the same time.

nadonado
September 11, 2018
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I don't have wrist injuries but enjoyed this class for the shoulder stretches. I carry my life on my shoulders and neck and this class really helps me. Thank you.

crepuscule3142
August 27, 2018
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This yoga class really is a lifesaver. I injured my wrist while being shamefully drunk and so jogging and this yoga class are my saviour until my wrist gets back on track.

jbondor
February 7, 2020
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Your honesty here made me smile and also feel a lot better about spraining my thumb while opening a stubborn jar of spaghetti sauce! Weird accidents happen. :) At least we have Fiji to heal us.

Kiratee
July 23, 2017
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I have neither wrist injuries or wrist sensitivity but find practising Vinyasa yoga regularly creates quite a lot of tension in my upper back. This class was a great antidote - thank you, Fiji!

cirvine06
March 22, 2017
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Wow, these stretches were amazing for my shoulders! I don't have wrist pain but I have been having some discomfort/slight pain in my right hand, so I decided to try this practice. I got a bit of a break for my hand with some of these poses and modifications and when I felt like doing the traditional poses (ex: downward dog instead of dolphin), I did. My upper back and shoulders have been pretty sore from weight lifting and I often have tension from my scoliosis in my back/shoulders/neck; some of these poses were helpful in easing some of that tension and soreness. Some of the poses were great to hold for leg strength as well.

Michelle G
November 25, 2016
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Injured my wrists a while back and this was a nice flow without having to suffer through chatarangas. Excellent instruction and appreciated the shoulder stretches at the end.

JudithAnne
September 4, 2016
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Very challenging, thank you! This class made me experience the working of my body in a new way.

Emily.vdk
April 23, 2016
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This is a great class, thank-you for designing a class to accommodate wrist injuries! I don't have a wrist injury but I broke my forearm bones a few months ago and they are still healing. I can't do down dogs or full planks or any arm balances. This class works for me!

Sea2Sea
February 21, 2016
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I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to do yoga after injuring my wrists. Thank you so much for providing this practice!

SmileMore
January 31, 2016
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I've had sensitivity in one or both of my wrists for about 6 months but notice as I strengthen them more, the pain has decreased. This class instructs us to be mindful of the wrists, and focus on other ways of doing things. A new perspective on planks and Downward Dog. Thanks, Fiji!

Helen P
January 23, 2016
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Thank you Fiji, it was great to do a class without any down dogs, saving pressure on my painful and inflamed wrists. As always with you classes I really appreciated the careful sequencing of the poses.

Ameyc2
January 19, 2016
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I find dolphin pose a challenge as my right forarm refuses to lay flat so I keep it upright thumb facing up? Hmmm what can I do? Great class as usual $5 a month such a small price to pay for health care! Namaste!
Forever thankful!

finch
January 7, 2016
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Wonderful! Thank you for your dedication and wonderful warm energy, Fiji. This class was just what I needed for my hurt wrist.

jpalluzzi
January 2, 2016
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Great class - but when you do the beginning flow, there is a piece done on the right side but not the left...! Other than that, a GREAT class for someone with a wrist injury.

Meggybear
December 29, 2015
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This was very challenging for me. My wrists are not injured but my shoulders are not my strongest feature. I'm going to patiently work on this, as Fiji suggests. Waiting for some shoulder opening and strength to ease in. Great variation on some favorite poses. Thanks

Tfillinger
November 25, 2015
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Thoroughly enjoyed this practice. Great stretches and strength building!!

scorpio
November 5, 2015
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Thank you! I discovered Figi's classes after baby was born(post natal class great) but unfortunately have had severe carpal tunnel and tendonitis which has made yoga a challenge. I really appreciate this class allowing me to get into some good poses without exacerbating my injury, which I tend to do.

subrotta
October 26, 2015
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Really strong on the shoulders and much needed rest for my wrists! Lovely to get a proper shoulder stretch in too, as mine were aching after lugging a heavy toddler around. Thanks so much Fiji!

kabarrett89
October 22, 2015
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Well worth upgrading to the $5 a month... as a massage therapist, my wrists are my main worry in yoga, yet I need yoga to keep my body (and mind) happy and functioning. Thank you for providing a class that I'm sure many people need. My shoulders feel amazing and my wrists are happy.

KrystleJane
October 21, 2015
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As a flute player I struggle with wrist problems on days where I have practiced my flute with intensity and want to also do some intense yoga practice. This video is the perfect solution to that - intense enough to keep my interest, therapeutic enough to make my wrists and shoulders feel better, and presented wonderfully by Fiji as she guides you through some modified movements. Love it.

Teo
October 20, 2015
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I do not have wrist injury but it may happen as I put too much weight on them. The class helped me working on my shoulder strength and opening. Thank you Fiji!

Hsvanni
October 16, 2015
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I developed a very small cyst in my right wrist as a result of too much power yoga. Negligible, except too much chatarunga can flame up some serious pain. As such, I have to very careful with the strain I place on it, and this class was the ticket! So glad to have this!