Between the keyboard of the computer and that of our smartphone, our fingers, hands and wrists are under constant strain. When we abuse this practice, we can cause overuse problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. However, as with any other part of our body, some exercisesofmuscle building and stretching are enough to protect the ends of our arms.
Among the different forms of yoga, there are the mudras, a practice which consists in creating shapes with the hands. Some of them are particularly recommended for modern day typists.
Intertwine your fingers at the level of your heart. Turn the palms outward and stretch them forward, rounding your back and dropping your head forward. Inhale and push hands up, lifting the chest and chin in the same direction. Release as you exhale, then repeat, changing the interlacing of the fingers.
This movement helps improve finger strength and dexterity. And fans of the animated series The Simpsons will recognize Mister Burns’ favorite posture in it. Start by resting the palms of your hands together, as in a prayer position. Keep fingers in contact by slowly opening palms and wrists until reaching a globe shape with your hands. Then fold the fingertips towards the center, and reopen them several times.
Start with wrap your right hand around the thumb of your left hand. Place your right thumb in the air, as if you are addicted to the Facebook network. Lightly push the left thumb back and wiggle the fingers of the left hand. Then, bring the left fingers together against the closed right fist, to create a seashell shape, and rest the tip of your right thumb against the tip of your left middle finger. Repeat with the other hand.