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I am really loving this posture these days. It’s such an incredible stretch into your whole body. It’s not an easy posture so if you struggle to do the full posture (8/10 difficulty level) then try Supported Bridge pose which has similar benefits but is not as challenging.
bridge-pose

You will find that the more you practice yoga, the easier the advanced pose will become.

And then when you get really good, you can do this…


These are the benefits of practicing full wheel pose/ Chakrasana:

  • Stretches the chest and lungs
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
  • Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
  • Increases energy and counteracts depression
  • Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis

You should hold the posture for about 5 breaths. Slowly release the pose by tucking your chin into your chest and then gradually uncurling the spine onto the ground. Be sure to neutralize the spine before moving onto a counter-pose (usually a forwardbend). A good posture for neutralizing the spine is Supta Badhha Konasana:


Avoid Chakrasana if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Back injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Heart problems
  • High or low blood pressure

 

A blog from the Longevity archive by Helen Spiropoulos.

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Helen Spiropoulos

I am a yoga teacher with a penchant for styvie blues, disfunctional relationships and partying til the wee hours of the morning. My journey towards enlightenment is a little bumpy to say the least…

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.