Yoga Hands

I struggled for a long time with the concept of “yoga hands.”  I didn’t understand what I was trying to achieve or what I was supposed to be trying to achieve. I didn’t understand the purpose or meaning behind it, and I just simply did not like it. In fact, I hated it. When it came to applying “yoga hands” to my practice my body would simply say, “Nothing about this feels good.” I would hear the cues and just roll my eyes and continue to do whatever felt right for my body. Don’t get me wrong, now as a yoga instructor, I follow the school of thought that as students of yoga we should always listen to our bodies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that rolling my eyes was the healthiest option. At the time I was experiencing not just pain, but pain that lasted. I was angry at myself. I was angry at my body. I just couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong, but I just kept pushing through it. I didn’t realize at the time that it was a very unhealthy way to practice, both physically and mentally.

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