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Thank you for all the helpful tips!
Your hands should be far enough in front of you so you don't see wrinkles at your wrist. Focus the weight on your fingers, especially in the area between your first finger and thumb.
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Just a few thoughts to try... make sure you stretch your wrists some first (wrist circles, pull finger tips gently back towards top of forearm, etc) Maybe try using a block so the angle and weight isn't so drastic? Or see if you can use finger tips instead of flat palms - that'll help build strong fingers, too ;-) But I do that sometimes near the end of a workout that has a lot of down dog/plank etc when my wrists start to get too tired.
You could also try Extended Puppy Pose ( www.yogajournal.com/poses/247
6 ) to get the back stretch.
Are your wrists normally rather tight feeling? Do other poses with flat palms cause discomfort? It may just be you need to gently build up flexibility and it will get easier with time.
Hope some of that helps :)
This question came up on another thread not long ago, you may want to look for it.
I try to put more pressure on my fingertips and less on the heel of my palm when it starts to feel like there is too much pressure in my wrists. Also putting more weight in your heels, even if they don't reach the ground can take some pressure/weight off your hands.
You could also try dolphin pose, which is similar to down dog, but on your forearms rather than your hands. www.yogajournal.com/poses/2462
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When I do downward facing dog,it really hurts my hands and wrists. Am I doing it wrong?? any pointers on the corret way to do it? thanks!