Yoga Series – Chakrasana-The wheel pose.

Chakrasana or The Wheel Pose

Chakrasana is a back bending asana and induces a great flexibility in the spine. It resembles a wheel or upward facing bow.

Asana for beginners before you practice this: Setubandha asana, Virasana, Bhujangasana

Steps:

  • Lie down on your mat, fold your knees so that sole of your foot is close to your buttocks.
  • Place your hands beneath your shoulder, with your palms open and fingers tightly griping the floor.
  • Once you feel comfortable, shift your weight to limbs and slowly raise your body off the mat.
  • Make sure you breathe comfortably. Take a deep breath, then try and balance the pose with comfortable regular breathing.
  • Exhale and slowly bring your arms and leg down, lie down in Shavasana for few minutes.

Cautions:

  • Avoid this asana if you have a wrist injury or carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • If your lower back starts hurting, immediately release the pose.
  • Do not perform the asana if you are suffering from a headache or high blood pressure.

Benefits:

  • It gives your lungs and chest a good stretch.
  • It is known to stimulate thyroid and pituitary gland.
  • Gives a lot of strength to your abdomen, legs and torso.
  • This asana helps to relieve stress and anxiety.

 

Author credits Ankita Sinha