Yoga is an ancient art - known in India for thousands of years.
It's basic aims are "spiritual" in nature. However, as a
basic component exercises were developed designed to gain
and maintain good health - and to purify the body so it
would serve as a suitable vehicle.
These exercises form one of the "limbs" of yoga - known as
"Hatha Yoga" - which translates roughly as bodily yoga.
Hatha yoga is one of the most fundamental, and remedial
It is universal in scope - and can be practiced by anyone.
Hatha yoga should be the foundation of any exercise program.
In other words, regardless of whether you dance, play
sports, practice martial arts, do resistance training - or
whatever - you should learn and practice yoga first
- for the sake of safety and in order to best attain and
maintain good health.
Hatha yoga is centred around static stretching exercises.
It includes passive and active stretches,
Finger yoga is hatha yoga for the fingers.
Extremities need yoga like every other part of the body.
However hands are rarely given much attention in yoga
classes - where focus naturally is concentrated on very
important areas - such as the spine.
To a certain extent, hands represent a microcosm of the
organs of action. They need a slightly different emphasis,
perhaps from the other limbs. In particular, they are
easier to apply excess force to, and potentially expose more
connective tissue to stretching forces.
I hope to provide a brief overview of finger yoga on the
rest of this site.
I am not a doctor. You may want to bear this in mind.