Boost Your Physical Energy with Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)

By Patricia | November 12, 2008
Wheel Pose: To Boost Energy Levels

The Wheel Pose is so called because the practitioner, when in this pose resembles a wheel, or at least half a wheel. This is an excellent pose for making the back and spinal column flexible supple as well as for strengthening the arms, wrists and legs. This is a backward bend in which the front of your body gets stretched to the limit while your back is arched.

  1. Lie flat on your back on a Yoga Mat. Now place your feet about a foot apart then bend your knees pulling your heels as close to your buttocks as possible. Next, place your palms on the floor on either side of your head near your ears, with fingers pointing inward to your shoulders and bend your elbows. Your forearms should be somewhat perpendicular to the floor.
  2. Press your feet firmly into the floor and, with a deep exhalation push yourself up from your pelvis. Firm up (but do not harden) your buttocks, and raise them off your Yoga Mat. Your thighs and feet should, at all times, be parallel.
  3. Take 3 – 4 breaths, then pressing your palms firmly into your mat push yourself up; keep pushing upwards until your head is touching the Mat and you are looking behind.
  4. Next, exhale and raise your head further, straighten your arms and push higher, lifting your pelvis up towards your navel.
  5. Your upper arms should be turned outward but you must maintain your body weight on the palms of your hands. Widen your shoulder blades and let your head hang loose.
  6. Retain the pose for 5 – 10 seconds if you can, while breathing normally. It is safe to repeat the pose 3 – 5 times.
  7. The Wheel Pose is based on the principle of the Roman Bridge. The theory is that it is maintained in an upright position without the help of cement. By this we mean that with practice, over a period of time, this pose will make you more and more flexible and your hands, legs and back will become stronger.

Benefits Of Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)

  • The Wheel Pose throws open the chest and lungs
  • It is excellent for strengthening the legs and hands and abdominal muscles
  • By stimulating the pituitary and thyroid glands, it helps keep illnesses at bay
  • The regular practice of Wheel Pose helps boost up physical energy
  • The Wheel Pose has also been proven very beneficial for asthmatics and those suffering from back pain and osteoporosis

Contraindications:

  • The Wheel Pose is best avoided in the following cases: chronic backaches, particularly resulting from injury, during diarrhea and headaches.
  • It should also not be done by those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a heart condition, low or high blood pressure
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