Wheel Pose(Chakrasana) is a very important yoga pose again just after Bow pose. It is complementary to Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) . After you have completed Bow pose you are required to practice this Wheel Pose(Chakrasana). ‘Chakra’ means Wheel and ‘Asana’ means Pose.
It is also called Upward Bow Pose ( Urdhva Dhanurasana )
How to Practice Wheel Pose (Chakrasana):
- Do warm-up exercises for 20-30 minutes if you are going to practice it first. You can also think of this one as additional practice.
- Lie down on your back on a flat surface using yoga mat. But it is best to start practicing this pose on a soft bed. Gradually you can do this. On soft bed you have less risk to get injured. A thicker and softer bed is an extra insurance for not getting bruised or injured. Generally young ones learn this informally, playfully getting physical /verbal help from their mates. But one caution is not to learn practicing it on the sidelines of a high cot (sleeping platform) to avoid falling down to the ground.
- If you are lean and thin, you may not have the need to rest on your head before lifting the head altogether with your elbows.
- You have to adjust your distance between the two hands so that you comfortably balance your body weight on them. If this distance is too short or too long you may find difficulty in carrying and balancing the body eight. The same is true in the case of the legs also.
- Allow you breathing to flow as per normal requirement.
- Practice 3-4 times in short spells, follow Corpse Pose after each and every practice in this sequence ( Wheel Pose > Corpse Pose > Wheel Pose > Corpse Pose > Wheel Pose > Corpse Pose > Wheel Pose > Corpse Pose).