Today, thus far, is a good day.

I wrote a list of things to do and it feels so remarkably good to check things off of a list. It is one of the small pleasures of my life. The best check off? Apple sauce.

Chris brought back enough apples to fill a laundry basket and I'll be darned if I'm letting a single one go to waste. The Cortlands, apparently, are going to get mealie faster than the others, so I made a Cortland-heavy apple sauce. The whole house smells beautiful; tantalizingly like apple cider. I've spent the day with my niece and she stated point-blank that she was not a fan of apple sauce. On trying some warm, fresh stuff, however, she is pouring on a pound of cinnamon and eating a bowl. Huzzah!

The danger in all this wholesome fun? Peeling and coring dozens of apples (which might be my near future) may do a number on my wrists. I don't want to jinx it, so, partially for the fun of it, I put together a sequence that is kind on the wrists. I keep most of my favorites in there, with a twist off the wrist: poses will be modified to be on the forearms. Instead of Downward Facing Dog, we'll go for Dolphin. Instead of Cobra, we'll try Sphinx. If you find this overworking upperarm muscles, switch back to the form that puts the weight on the hands/palms. Or play between the two.


In these forearm poses, try to not let your body weight roll to the outer edge of the arm. In some poses, like Sphinx, you can engage the core by isometrically pushing the forearms down and back towards the torso. If all this forearm action is making your arms feel on overload, either switch to the hands, or add some extra restorative poses in there.
  1. Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
  2. Garbasasana (Child's Pose)
  3. Uttana Shishosana (Puppy Pose). Hold for 5-10 breaths
  4. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
  5. Try to move, without coming down, into Dolphin Pose
  6. Flow between steps 4 and 5
  7. Hold Dolphin 3-5 breaths
  8. Malasana (Garland Pose)
  9. Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja's Twist). Repeat other side.
  10. Garbasasana
  11. Sphinx pose (modified Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose)
  12. Anantasana (Eternal One Pose)
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 on other side
  14. Navasana (Boat Pose)
  15. Salabasana (Locust Pose)
  16. Garbasana
  17. Uttana Shishosana
  18. Dolphin Pose
  19. Forearm Plank
  20. Forearm Vasistasana (Side Plank)
  21. Repeat steps 19 and 20 on other side
  22. Dolphin Pose
  23. Garbasana
  24. Bring the mat to the wall. Taking forearms shoulder width apart, take feet to the wall, making a 90 degree angle with the body. The elbows shoulder be directly under the shoulders.
  25. Lift one leg and then the leg. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
  26. Garbasana (Child's Pose)
  27. Come back up into step 24. Try to come into Vrschikasana (Scorpion Pose). If you're lightyears away from it, just play around.
  28. Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall Pose)
  29. Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Cobbler's Pose) against the wall
  30. Savasana

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