Chakrasana, also known as Wheel Pose or Urdhva Dhanurasana, is a challenging backbend yoga pose that resembles an upward-facing arch or half-wheel. It’s named after the Sanskrit words “chakra” (wheel) and “asana” (posture).In Chakrasana,
the body weight is supported by the hands and feet, with the spine arched backwards and the chest lifted towards the ceiling. The pose opens up the chest, shoulders, and front of the body, while strengthening the core, legs, and wrists.
Here are some of the benefits of practicing Chakrasana:
- Improves flexibility and range of motion in the spine
- Strengthens the core muscles, back muscles, and leg muscles
- Opens up the chest, shoulders, and lungs, improving breathing
- Stimulates the digestive and lymphatic systems
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Boosts energy levels
How to do Chakrasana ?
Here are some tips for practicing Chakrasana safely:
- Warm up your body with gentle stretches before attempting the pose.
- Start with a modified version of the pose, such as Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana.
- Listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard.
- Use blocks or straps to support your body if needed.
- Hold the pose for only a few breaths at first, and gradually increase the time as you get stronger.