All joints are of great importance and this is clearly seen when one does not function normally. The finger joints are said to be a bit more "brittle", because they are so small and the nearby muscles are quite weak. Many times, the deformity of the fingers or toes is due to repeated inflammations that can be very annoying, especially if we practice activities that require precision in touch and grip.
Hands and Asanas
It is very common to see postures well executed in their entirety but with "dead" hands, without life or without mental action. If the hand is not well placed, we can injure ourselves, and if we are not used to giving it that mental attention, we will not be able to execute some Asanas that depend directly on that fine adjustment. In many postures (standing, balances, jumps on the Greetings to the Sun
), we lean on our hands. If we are not very flexible, we tend to lean on the joints of our phalanges, which causes strong pressure. In addition, these joints are not made to support the weight of our entire body repetitively and for a long time. That's why you have to be attentive in all the postures that need to lean on your hands.
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How to support the fingers of the hands?
Fingers extended but not hyperextended!
The use of flat hands on the floor is very important in different postures in which we carry our weight with them, the fingers are extended and separated to generate a larger and safer surface for the joints. What should be avoided is exerting a generated pressure on the phalanges of the fingers too strong and with the joints in hyperextension.
All the tips of the fingers are supported, the hand takes the shape of a cup. This position helps to better extend the arms and transfer the extension to the chest and shoulders.
If you cannot support the palm of your hand on the ground, it is preferable to support it on a block
(see figure 1). Your grip will be made on the palms of your hands and you will be able to vary the pressure between the upper part and the lower part, between the internal and external edges as well. In this way, you will have better support to push and carry the full weight of your body. If you don't have a block, you can get one here!
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. Meanwhile, you can lean on your clenched fists as in figure 2.
Yoga invites us to be attentive to our entire body, from the simplest to the most subtle sensations. In all the Asanas that need to be supported on the hands, do not forget to activate the arms with awareness, up to the tips of the fingers! Once we get into the habit of not leaving the hand-wrist-fingers, everything will go more smoothly and we will realize that something in our practice has changed.
How do you enjoy your practice? Namaste!