How often do you pay attention to your hands in an exercise session or a yoga routine? In yoga I hope that you are encouraged to develop body awareness and thus notice your hands a little. But generally until there is pain in the wrists or hands they are overlooked.
Unfortunately, in our computerised society wrist pain occurs quite often. Sudden injury is the obvious cause of wrist pain but that is in most cases out of our control. What is within our control are repetitive strain injuries and poor ergonomics leading to chronic wrist pain.
Almost any repetitive activity which involves hands and wrists can lead to repetitive strain injury. Make sure to take regular breaks in your 'handy' work, ensure that your have enough calcium in your diet, keep your wrists relaxed and in neutral position while typing, ergonomic keyboard and wrist support may be also helpful. Treat your hands and forearms to some TLC regularly. Get hands and arms massages, use creams containing arnica, roll your hands and forearms on a massage or tennis ball and stretch them regularly.
You can be seated on the floor or at the desk. Place the massage/tennis ball underneath your palm, gently and slowly applying some pressure against the ball circle around your palm from the inside out. If you encounter a painful spot, pause there, wait for some release. If the pain is too intensive, stay only on the edge of it and after a while you may be able to move further to the centre of the painful spot. After rolling you palm, roll every finger from the base to the top and then move onto your forearm. Don't hurry. Then turn your hand and roll the top of your hand and the forearm form this side too. Keep going slowly, gently and pay attention.
The following stretch is fairly intensive so again, go slowly and carefully. You can still be seated at your desk. Place both hand behind your back and try to join the palm together with your fingers pointing upwards - praying hands position behind your back.
Lastly, move onto your all fours, place your palms on the mat underneath your shoulders with fingers pointing towards your knees. Gently try to lower yourself and sit on your heels without moving your hands.
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