Yoga for Healthy Ankles and Wrists

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Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

Loren Fishman, MD After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, spending the year 1973 with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, attending every class, public and private, and taking daily instruction, Loren M. Fishman, M.D., was told “You can teach my yoga.” Dr. Fishman then went to medical school, and at Rush...

The human wrist and ankle are both marvels of mechanical design and utility.  Some authorities site the dexterity of the human hand as our basic advantage over other mammals. Yet in yoga we choose to become four-legged, three legged, legless or one legged creatures –  dogs, cobras, cranes, storks and more –  with demand for weight-bearing, balance, strength and refinement in the ankles and wrists beyond that of conventional exercise or daily life.  Especially for older students, stiffness or weakness in these joints can be a risk factor, leading to possible muscle strains or falls.  

In this course we look at the specialized requirements of the ankles and wrists in yoga, and we offer techniques to safely preserve normal movement range and strength, and regain them if they have been lost.

Did you know? 

*   The palm has an arch, similar to the foot.

*    The second and third metacarpal bones of the hand are fixed. 

*   The talus bone is pivotal in the biomechanics of the foot, yet no muscles attach to it. 

What you will learn

*  The unique anatomical features of the ankles and wrist that create both challenges and opportunities 

*  The dangers of poor alignment of the ankles and wrists and how to spot them in yourself and your students

*  Exercises based on yoga and other disciplines that will help build resiliency in these joints

*  Practical ways to integrate specialized techniques into a well-rounded yoga practice

This Premium Course Also Includes These Bonuses!

  • Yoga Practice Videos: Enjoy two yoga practice videos created specifically for this course.

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of both webinar sessions - both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.


This course qualifies for 2.5 non-contact hour CEs with Yoga Alliance.