Wheel Pose - Chakrasana

The 'Wheel Pose' or Chakrasana has derived its name, because of the peculiar shape the body takes, while performing the asana or pose. Chakra is a Sanskrit word, that means 'wheel', and your body forms a sort of semi-circle, or circle during the pose.

This asana share a lot of similarities with the gymnastic back bend. The main difference between the two, is that when performing the 'wheel pose' the person lies down flat, and then raises.

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.his body upwards, as opposed to back bends, where the individual is standing, and bends backward to bring the palms to rest on the flooro Ideally, this asana should only be performed in the daytime (morning or afternoon)n

This posture can at times be problematic because of its simplicity, due to which people get over enthusiastic and rush iti

Techniques:

  • Lie on your back, feet apart
  • Bend both your knees and place your feet flat on the floor near your buttocks
  • Place your palms under your shoulders with the fingers pointed towards the shoulders and the elbows shoulder width apart
  • Inhale and press your palms into the floor
  • Straighten your arms to lift your shoulders and head off the floor
  • Press your feet into the floor, inhale and lift your hips up, rolling your spine off the floor to form a semi-circular arch or wheel
  • Keep your legs and arms as straight as possible to lift your hips and chest upu Look behind
  • Breathe normally and hold the pose for 2-4 breaths
  • To release, exhale and slowly, bend your elbows to lower your head, neck and then shoulders to the floor
  • Bend your knees to slowly roll your spine and hips back to the floor
  • It is very important to relax for a while after doing this pose

Benefits:

The wheel pose is beneficial for your cardiovascular, glandular and nervous systems healtht

It is also recommended for anyone suffering digestive or respiratory disorders as it enhances their functioningn It also has a positive effect on hormonal secretionsn

Caution:

You should be completely aware of the strengths and limitations of your bodyd This pose should not be attempted by anyone suffering from weak wrists or sickness or if pregnantn

It would also be a good idea to practice over a thick soft mat or carpet to offer protection to both the neck and heada

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