For Janna... Dolphin pose with elbows on the wall ...start on all fours with your feet just touching a wall behind you. Lower onto your elbows clasping hands and tucking your lower pinky so weight is on elbows and forearms. Raise your knees off the floor to go into dolphin and then one foot at a time place your feet on wall so that legs are horizontal to the floor. You may have to adjust your distance to the wall to get the right balance point so that your feet are flat on the wall. This is one of my favorite poses.
Anna uses wrist braces when practicing and she mentions them in the article, but she does not advise which ones she uses. Does anyone know?
I have found a completely different alternative in this situation, you can actually use first two knuckles of the hand (imagine a triangle) as a great foundation and lift your palm completely off the floor. The thumb moves in and just give a little support in balance. This little adjustment creates more shoulder integration, which give stronger, broader support overall in the pose and completely takes pressure off the wrists. My Mother who has osteoporosis and arthritis, suffered from a broken wrist 2 years ago, found this a much easier way to hold Downward Dog.
I must disagree with this. It's not always a case of simply spreading the fingers, widending and strengthening the hand.
I have degenerative arthritis in my thumb CMC joint and nothing is going to make that feel any better during downward dog. My teacher just today suggested a modification in dnwd dog and she also suggested I use a rolled towel and/or gelfoam wrist rests (such as for computer users) to cushon the base of the hands to take pressure off the joint and raise the hand/wrist so there isn't so much flexion in the angle of the wrist. This worked well for me.
Please keep in mind one suggestion does not fit all, nor is it always a matter of stretching and strengthening to resolve any given difficulty.
Hi, I was going over Anna's comments on Downward Dog and have a question as to her suggestion of doing "Dolphin Pose with elbows at the wall". I frequently do Dolphin Pose but cannot figure out how one would do it with the elbows at the wall. Could you explain this to me?