How Yoga Healed My Wrists
Yoga helped me heal and prevent reoccurrence of debilitating damage to my wrists which was done due to overuse/repetitive motions from my time as a global advertising executive. At first I was super resistant to the idea and connotations that came with yoga and we all know, it's those people that need yoga in their life the most.
Early in my career, I jumped into the world of global advertising and absolutely loved it. I had a chance to work with some of the most iconic brands in the world, spend days at the headquarters for DreamWorks, Facebook/Instagram, YouTube/Google and the likes. In fact, I loved it so much that I dedicated my heart and soul to it. The problem was that at that time I didn’t know what it meant to listen to my body. I spent my days in meetings, on a plane, with clients and all the while hunched over a laptop and steadily my wrists started hurting. And then hurting turned into severe pain and before I knew it my wrists were completely debilitated; it felt as if knives were stabbing my wrists. I had become consumed with the corporate lifestyle and I completely over did it.
Doctors required I completely stop everything or risk permanent damage. I took a year off and started seeking help from western medicine doctors who had very innovative approaches to healing. A year of sonogram guided injections, medication to reduce inflammation, physical therapy several times a week, strict restrictions, ice packs becoming my main accessory, reducing inflammatory foods from my diet, incorporating specific vitamins and finally relief was felt. As my wrists reached a healing tipping point I needed to maintain the progress and prevent flaring up the pain again so the doctors told me to go to yoga… and I thought “wait a minute… yoga?
I am a classically trained ballerina, I have done martial arts for years, I run and hike and push myself every day. If I'm going to "workout" I'm going to "kill it" in the limited time I have. I’ve tried yoga and it’s sooooo slow, boring, and weird. I can’t sit there I just can’t. The first couple classes were excruciating, I hated the idea of slowing down. But then I found some more unique and inspired classes out on the west coast and my whole mindset shifted. I learned there was so much more to yoga; such as understanding how the mind works, training the mind, pure inspiring story-telling woven throughout every class made the time fly by and learning how to focus the mind and breathe into areas of pain and tension. I started to move differently and my wrists began to feel a sense of relief I thought would never come. It became addicting. It became a lifestyle. I can truly say I’m appreciative of the painful time period of injuries because it guided me to a lifelong, life altering lifestyle: YOGA.
Everyone says yoga is extremely transformative and they are right. I learned that there truly is no option out there that can heal you the way yoga can heal you. I knew I had to bring yoga to other people; I had to share this sacred practice that completely overhauled my life and allowed me to move and find peace again. I really wanted to send a message to the people who were like me. I wanted to tell the business people working insane hours, and the multi-taskers, and the people who try to say yes to everything that there is an alternative and that it is yoga. Yoga will provide you with a sense of wholeness and will help focus your mind.
I knew that teaching yoga classes wasn’t enough though—I had to go at it from a business perspective so that I could bring these insights to a larger audience and inspire more than just the people in my home town.
So I did it. I took the risk left a career in advertising behind and created KORE MOVEMENT™️.
It felt so amazing to apply the business, advertising, and marketing skills I had acquired and apply it to something that makes people better and helps them heal. Yoga is now my way of life and I’ll never have to give up sharing this experience with people!
WRIST FREE YOGA SEQUENCE
A lot of beginners state that yoga hurts their wrists and people often stay away from yoga due to wrist issues and that doesn’t have to be the case!
This hands free warrior sequence is an alternative to Vinyasa sequences in which you bear weight in your hands. It offers many of the benefits of a flowing practice without the drawbacks of prolonged or repeated weight-bearing in the upper body. It’s a flowing, breath-centered Vinyasa that challenges and stretches the legs, strengthens the core, frees the pelvis, and moves the spine in all directions. It promotes stability in the lower body, which—unlike the upper extremities—is designed to support the body’s weight. Freed from having to support weight, the arms move in a cyclical flowing pattern in coordination with the breath, promoting mobility in the structures of the upper body—the neck, chest, shoulders, and ribcage—allowing you to breathe fully and freely and releasing tension in the upper spine, neck, and shoulders. Throughout this practice your feet should be in a stance as wide as your sitting bones and short enough lengthwise that you can step out of it without using upper-body momentum. Resist the urge to line up your feet up along your mat’s center line or heel to heel.
1. Stand at the back of your mat with your feet as wide apart as your sitting bones.
2. Step your right foot forward, knee bent. Turn your left foot out at 45 degrees. On an exhale, spiral your arms inward, drop your sternum, and look down.
3. Inhale. Lift your arms and sternum and look up. Spiral your arms outward. Exhale and inhale from pose 2 to pose 3, three times. After your third inhale, exhale to pose 4.
4. On your exhale, fold forward. Inhale and exhale from pose 3 to pose 4, 3 times.
5. Inhale. Lift up your torso. Raise your arms parallel to floor; spiral your arms outward.
6. Exhale. Drop your sternum and gaze; spiral arms inward. Inhale and exhale from pose 5 to pose 6, 3 times. After third inhale, exhale to pose 7.
7. On your exhale, keeping the upper arms externally rotated, spiral the forearms inward, palms facing floor. Look straight ahead and take 3 breaths. After your third inhale, exhale to pose 8.
8. On your exhale, turn your pelvis, torso, and arms toward the back leg. Take 3 breaths. After third inhale, exhale to pose 9.
9. On your exhale, wrap your left arm behind the back and bring your right hand to the inside of your right shin.
10. Inhale. Lift your left arm. Exhale and inhale from pose 9 to pose 10, 3 times. After the third exhale, inhale to pose 11.
11. On your inhale, lift your sternum. Exhale; straighten your right leg.
12. Inhale Lift your left arm and look up. Take 3 breaths here. After your third inhale, exhale to pose 13.
13. On your exhale, bend your right knee and fold forward. Take 3 breaths. After your third inhale, exhale to pose 14.
14. On your exhale, with right knee bent, bring the left hand to the outside of the right shin. Wrap right arm behind back; look toward the floor.
15. Inhale. Gaze up and lift your right arm. Exhale and inhale from pose 14 to pose 15, 3 times. After the third exhale, inhale to pose 16.
16. On your inhale, lift the sternum and wrap the right arm around the back. Exhale; straighten front leg.
17. Inhale. Lift your right arm. Take 3 breaths here. After your third inhale, exhale to pose 18.
18. On your exhale, bend your right knee and fold forward. Take 3 full breaths here.
19. Inhale. Lift left heel and extend through torso. Take 3 breaths. After your third inhale, exhale to pose
20. On your exhale, raise your left leg. Inhale; extend through the crown of the head. Take 3 breaths.
21. Inhale. Drop your back foot to the floor, lift your arms, and gaze up. Exhale and lower your arms.
22. Take a wide stance, feet parallel. Inhale; raise arms. Exhale; fold forward. Take 3 full breaths.
23. Return to standing and take 3 full breaths. Repeat entire sequence on the left side.
24. When finished, take a long Savasana.