All that time in downward dog can really do a number on your wrists – particularly if you have carpal tunnel or have tender wrists from computer work. Your body alignment during downward dog, arm balances and handstand also has to be near perfect. “You need to bear weight on the proper part of the hand,” says Chapman. Make sure your fingers are evenly spread and that both your index finger and the heel of your hand are pushing into the mat. Awan suggests rolling up the mat or using a towel to raise the wrists as well: having the fingers on a downward tilt can take the pressure off.