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Strong Armed

Soothe repetitive stress with a sequence that eases tension in the arms, shoulders, and wrists.

By Nora Isaacs, Sequence by Daren Friesen

7. Marichyasana I (Marichi's Twist), variation Bend your left knee and place your foot flat on the floor in front of the sitting bone. Lean forward as far as you can, wrap your left arm in front of and around your left knee, and grab your right wrist (remember this: the wrapper is the grabber). Press down through both sitting bones, lift the sternum, and draw the navel to the spine as you twist to the left. Repeat on the other side.

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Shelley

This is a great workout for pain in the arms and shoulders. I am a piano tuner and this particular set of ahsanas is the best I've found! Please produce it as a therapeutic DVD! Any chance of that?

Thanks to all who contributed.

Miller

I live near Asheville NC and go to the BLack Mountain Yoga Center. The owners, Brad and Martia Rachman, are yoga therapists. I've been working with Brad on several "old injury" issues around sciatica, hip flexors, upper arm and shoulder and adrenal glands. In just a few weeks, I've had immense relief. In addition to hands on therapy, Brad has given me a set of poses to do at home specifically geared to releasing these areas. With more muscular flexibility, there is more blood flow to the areas and the nerves improve. (By the way, I have been down this road with MD's and never had improvement.)
I don't really know what yoga therapy is but it combines deep tissue release with accupressure points and probably some other things. You can email or call Brad or Martia at nfo@blackmountainyoga.com or 828-669-2939 to see if he can give you more information and refer you to someone in your area. I just found an International Assoc of Yoga Therapists online at http://www.iayt.org/.
I believe there is an answer somewhere for you. Do not believe you have to live with this. Wishing you the best.

Patty Martin

Thank you so much for your input and suggestions and also sharing your own personal experiences and struggles. It sounds like you have found "a way" and I will definitely follow up with your advice!! NAMASTE!

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