Chakrasana or the wheel pose is a backward bending yoga asana. It gives great flexibility to the spine. It is called chakrasana since the body takes almost a wheel-like, semi circular posture while performing this asana.
How to do
- Lie down on your back with hands on the side.
- Bend your knees and bring your heels as close to the buttocks as possible. The heels should be about 1 foot apart.
- Raise your hands and bring it back next to the ears.
- Place the palms on the floor with the fingers pointing towards the shoulders.
- Lift your body up with the support of the palms and the feet.
- Rotate the head slightly, so that your gaze is towards the floor.
- Stretch your thighs and shoulders.
- In the final position your body looks like an arch, almost like a wheel.
- Maintain this position, according to your capacity.
- To release the position, lower your body till it touches the ground.
- Straighten your legs.
- Hands can go back to the original position to the sides.
Chakrasana should be followed by forward bending poses to counteract the pressure created by the back bend. Chakrasana should be avoided by those suffering from cardiac ailments, high blood pressure, vertigo and those who have undergone recent surgeries.
- Strengthens liver, pancreas and kidneys.
- Excellent for heart.
- Good for infertility, asthma and osteoporosis.
- Strengthens arms, shoulders, hands, wrists and legs.
- Stretches the chest and lungs
- Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen and spine
- Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands.
- Increases energy and counteracts depression.
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