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Trevor C

Couple quick questions for you! I have had carpal tunnel for quite some time but also do yoga. I have been cleared to do yoga by my family doctor but I still deal with some pain and stiffness in my forearms. I have been considering using my wrist brace while I do yoga to prevent from aggravating it anymore. What do you think will it be ok? Thank you for the help!

Martha Lord, CYT

I have found that downward facing dog with a long strap attached to the dancer bar and used in parachute-style around the hips frees the wrists for all the extension of the back and strengthening of the shoulders without pressure on the wrists in downward facing dog. I have several other ways of attaining various benefits of this asana without hurting the wrists and still strengthening the back and shoulders. There are 2 or 3 simple things to do and all of them bring a different element to it. I consider myself an expert because I have RA in my hands, wrists, feet, etc, but can do these variations and builld muscle without aggravating pain that is present in the wrists and hands and feet.

Asifa

Hi there, I had a painful ganglion cyst for past almost 6 years now. My orthopedic warned me against getting it removed through surgery, saying that it has a 50% recurrence rate. As a last resort I tried homeopathic medication. That first took care of the pain and later the ganglion vanished. Try homeo. I hope it will help you.

khill

hello... i was happy to come across this article. Being someone who loves yoga, I was devestated when I found out I had a ganglion cyst in my wrist. I also had it aspirated and cortisone injected, and was pain free for almost two months. Now my pain is also coming back and I am tossing and turning with the idea of surgery. I have heard that it can cause major scar tissue and loss of flexibility. I was glad to find this article and hope that I find some peace with my injury.

Venky Narayanaswamy

I started having some pain in the wrist joint (heel of palm) doing Hindu pushups and upward dog pose. When I started using blocks (4x4 pc of wood), and the pain went away. I will keep using it until the time I dont get pain if I dont use the blocks.

Venky Narayanaswamy

I started having some pain in the wrist joint (heel of palm) doing Hindu pushups and upward dog pose. When I started using blocks (4x4 pc of wood), and the pain went away. I will keep using it until the time I dont get pain if I dont use the blocks.

C

Thank you for this article! Over the last year and a half of regular practice, I developed a dorsal ganglion on my left wrist which made any weight-bearing postures very painful... my MD did an aspiration of the cyst a couple of months ago, and the pain went away immediately - it was amazing! I was able to practice arm balances, handstands, etc. again with no pain or soreness. BUT after two months, the cyst is re-appearing and my wrist is beginning to feel sore... i have surgery scheduled but am worried that my wrist will never be "normal" after the surgery. in the meantime, i'll be modifying poses as suggested in this article. i also purchased a pair of Wrist Assured Gloves, and hopefully that will help with the recovery.

Annette

Again, thank you for this invaluable article. I have had a ganglion cyst for years that has recently become aggravated by a combination of computer work and yoga poses involving the wrist. I am scheduled for surgery for ganglion cyst removal, but after reading this article I am planning to cancel it and start using the modifications suggested in this article and from the reader's comments as well!

Annaminh

Hi, I have the same problem with my wrists, and I started using my husbands smaller weights as "grip blocks" . I found that regular blocks still hurts my wrists, but with the "grip weights" I can keep my wrists straight and I don't have to put weight on my fists. It worked wonders for me.

Chandana

Thank you for this article. I recently developed a ganglion cyst on my wrist and I believe it resulted from my yoga practice (specifically the down dog and upward dog poses). I will be looking into purchasing a foam wedge immediately!

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