What is the most valuable tool that you use every day? Nope, it is not a screwdriver or a wrench - it is your hands! You couldn't type, knit, garden or fix your hair without them! And just like every carpenter and handyman knows - you need to take good care of your tools so when you go to use them they are ready and reliable!
There are lots of joints in our arms that need daily oiling to keep them moving fluidly and painlessly. Every time you move a joint, synovial fluid (the WD-40 of our bodies) flows in to help cushion and lubricate the joint. Periodically throughout your day, take a moment to open and close your fingers, twirl your wrists, bend your elbows and move your shoulders around in all directions. And then add these movements all at once if you are good at multi-tasking! Keep moving until you feel the muscles working hard and the blood flowing into your arms, hands and fingers. When you have had enough, give your hands and fingers a good shake and rest them face up on your lap. Be still and enjoy your prana bath! I call this sequence “oiling your joints” and if you do this often enough, your tools will be ready and able at your beck and call!
Sherry Zak Morris, E-RYT Yoga Studio Owner and CEO and Executive Producer of YogaJP.com studied under the tutelage of octogenarian yoga teacher, Mary Cavanaugh. Sherry came to yoga after years of computer-related work stress and thousands of dollars in chiropractic bills. She offers her students a guided approach to the body/mind connection and specializes in Gentle, Senior, Chair Yoga.
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