yoga humor : Where do you find your funny bone? At the end of your humerous! Actually, the funny bone is not really a bone . According to Wikepedia
“the ulnar nerve is a nerve which runs near the ulna bone. The ulnar collateral ligament of elbow joint is in relation with the ulnar nerve. The nerve is the largest unprotected nerve in the human body (meaning unprotected by muscle or bone), so injury is common. This nerve is directly connected to the little finger, and the adjacent half of the ring finger, supplying the palmar side of these fingers, including both front and back of the tips, perhaps as far back as the fingernail beds.
One method of injuring the nerve is to strike the medial epicondyle of the humerus from posteriorly, or inferiorly with the elbow flexed. The ulnar nerve is trapped between the bone and the overlying skin at this point. This is commonly referred to as bumping one’s “funny bone“. This name is thought to be a pun, based on the sound resemblance between the name of the bone of the upper arm, the “humerus” and the word “humorous”.
Pictured below, this is a yoga pose called “extended side angle” (Utthita parsvakonasana) provides a nice opening for the side body, and stretches out the entire pinky finger side of the arm…
Yogatherapy – shoulder pain relief: – the shoulder jacket for yoga shoulder pain relief. If you have a desk job, drive a lot, walk a lot or just plain shlump-a-lot, your shoulders may round forward and your head may drop. That is a lot of strain for the shoulders and neck, don’t you think? Headaches anyone? Probably that and other issues. Basically if you take that posture with you into everything else you do, it will not improve unless you teach yourself new muscular movement tricks. Here is a simple but highly beneficial way to use a yoga strap to keep the shoulders seated on the back and open the front chest. You can even use it while you sit at your desk. It is a great yoga therapy tip for anyone who suffers from the shoulder shlumps ! I like 8ft or 10ft straps; you can get one here.
If you look like or are worried about looking like the kyphosis in this photo, yoga as therapy works wonders, I see it and work with it in private yoga classes all the time.
The steps for following along side this use of the yoga strap for a yogatherapy shoulder jacket are:
A ~ take belt buckle over left shoulder, leave tail down
B ~ take the tail cross the back under right armpit
C ~ loop the belt over the right armpit, take it with left hand
D ~ buckle up!
You can use this when you are sitting at your desk, or try a brief meditation with it.
Yoga Therapy Tip:
Here is a short video just so you consider stretching the fingers away from the center of the hand while maintaining a sense of hugging the bones in…we use our hands non-stop and they do hold tension ~ a nice hand massage, wrist circles, shaking hands vigorously… especially in colder weather can keep your hands strong and tension free..for more mindful movement, please consider co-ordinating with simple breathing