Pose Of The Month: Wheel (Upward Bow Pose)

Author: Jackieb / Date: 22-12-2014 / Tag: Wheel Pose, Upward Bow Pose, Full Circle Yoga, Yoga Longmont /

This intermediate asana is a favored pose for many yogis throughout a Vinyasa class. Wheel Pose has many benefits both internally and externally, while being an extremely graceful posture. It’s the practice of opening your heart and deepening your breath.

From your arms to your legs and everything in between, your body will be thanking you. Mental pressure such as depression will be relived with this pose and the deep backbend is restorative for respiratory diseases such as Asthma. By opening the throat center, you allow air to flow in an invigorating way. You will feel awakened and renewed by this journey in Wheel.

To feel the stretch in your oblique area, the loosening or hips and the increased flexibility; take these following steps:

  1. Find a comfortable spot on your mat, lying flat on your back. Your knees should be bent and your feet as close to your buttocks as possible.
  2. Your hands will be placed on the floor, on either side of your head and just above your shoulders. Your fingertips facing your shoulders, with your elbows shoulder width distance apart.
  3. At this time, secure your feet to the floor by pressing deep into the four corners. Send your hips high and lift your shoulder blades and head off the mat by straightening your arms. Keep a safe alignment of your arms shoulder width apart and feet at a hip width distance.
  4. Allow every muscle in your body to tighten and create power within the pose.
  5. To release out of the pose, slowly bend your arms and bring the crown of your head to the mat, the rest of your body will then follow.

Wheel is an incredibly giving pose that offers each of us something different. Whether you gain a mental benefit, physical benefit or therapeutic awakening; you have been gifted. We challenge you to give your body the present of Upward Bow Pose! Merry Christmas yogis, and remember, this is the time to care not only for others, but for yourself.