Chakrasana | Wheel Pose - Steps, Benefits, Urdva Dhanurasana

            In previous article we learn how to do Half Wheel Pose. Today we will talk about Full Wheel pose or 'Chakrasana' - How to do it, Steps, Benefits, Variations and Precautions of it.

Chakrasana

            Chakrasana is also known as "Wheel Pose" or "Full Wheel Pose". Chakrasana is the combination of 2 Sanskrit words, 'Chakra' + 'Asana'. Where, Chakra means 'Wheel', and Asana mean 'Pose'. This Yoga pose also called as 'Urdva Dhanurasana' or 'Upward Bow Pose'. Chakrasana is backbend yoga pose.

Yoga Girl is showing How to do Chakrasana, Wheel Pose or Urdva Dhanurasana.
Chakrasana

                                                           Pronunciation - cha-kra-sa-na
                                                           Difficulty level - 5 out of 10.

         This is great asana for full body, you can fill instant energy, freshness immediately after this Yoga pose or asana.

How to do Wheel Pose?

Yoga Girl doing Chakrasana Steps - How to do Wheel Pose on foot path near bridge
Chakrasana Steps - How to do Wheel Pose

Chakrasana Steps -

  1. Lie down on the back, on Yoga Mat in Shavasana or corpse yoga pose. Take couple of deep breath and calm your mind.
  2. While breath - in, bend your knees and bring your feet close to buttocks. Make sure that your feet are hip-width apart.
  3. While breath - out, bend your elbows and put palms near the shoulder facing floor, fingers pointing towards the feet, as shown in picture above.
  4. Now take 1 deep breath-in, inhale and while exhaling slowly raise first your hips / buttocks then back and after head off the floor.
  5. Stay in this pose or Hold this pose for few seconds. 10 seconds are enough for beginner.
    Do not stop breathing more than 3 second, while doing this pose (people usually do😟).
    Your breathing must be gentle. Take slow deep breath, while doing this Yoga pose.
  6. Then slowly bring back first your hip then back and after head. This sequence is important.
    Slowly come to the starting position in Shavasana or corpse yoga pose.

Wheel Pose Modifications -

         You can support your hands or feet on a pair of yoga blocks as shown in image below to help yourself realize the full back-bend. Be sure to brace the blocks against a wall.

Yoga Girl doing Wheel Pose Modifications using Yoga Block
Wheel Pose Modifications

Note -
  1. Your palms must be rest on floor or mat and fingers pointing towards the legs.
  2. Do not try to stretch body beyond your capacity.
  3. Slowly inhale and exhale in this pose. Do not stop breathing more than 3 second. people usually do😟
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Chakrasana Benefits -

  1. Chakrasana stretches and strengthen legs, buttocks, spine, back muscles, chest, shoulders, arms and wrists etc. In short, this yoga pose, Strengthen total body.
  2. This Yoga pose stimulate thyroid and pituitary glands.
  3. This yoga pose stretches and strengthen abdomen, lungs and thyroid.
  4. This Yoga pose helps to remove fatigue and laziness.
  5. Chakrasana Yoga pose cures infertility, asthma, and osteoporosis.
  6. This Yoga pose strengthen Kidney, Liver, and Pancreas.
  7. This Yoga pose gives a good stretch to your hip flexors, wrist flexors, and core muscles.
  8. Chakrasana Yoga pose relieves stress and reduces depression, and makes you feel energetic.

Precaution of Chakrasana -

  1. Those who have back pain or neck pain also should avoid doing Chakrasana or Wheel pose.
    1. Those who have knee-joint pain or ankle-joint pain should avoid to do this yoga pose.
    2. Avoid this Yoga pose, if you are feeling like qualm or reel.
    3. If you have a Low or High Blood Pressure, Headache and Insomnia then avoid Chakrasana Yoga Pose.

    Wheel Pose Variations

    * For Beginners -
                If you are beginner and unable to do Chakrasana Yoga pose, then you can try → Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana.
    If you are regular yoga practitioner and your body flexibility level is extreme then,

    * For advanced, extreme flexibility yoga practitioner -

    Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana

             Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana is the challenging variation of Chakrasana also known as 'One Legged Wheel Pose'. In this variation, you can lift off one leg from floor. Shift your weight onto one leg and raise another leg, as shown in image below. This Wheel pose variation, increases strength and balance.

    Yoga Girl doing Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana or One Legged Wheel Pose
    Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana

    Eka Hasta Urdhva Dhanurasana

           Eka Hasta Urdhva Dhanurasana is the challenging variation of Chakrasana also known as 'One Armed Wheel Pose' or 'One Hand Wheel Pose'. In this variation, you have to lift off one hand and put it on chest or opposite shoulder. Shift your weight onto 1 hand and another on chest, as shown in below image. It’s only for advanced flexibility, and regular Yoga practitioner. This Wheel pose variation, increases strength and balance.

    Yoga Girl doing Eka Hasta Urdhva Dhanurasana - One Armed Wheel Pose
    Eka Hasta Urdhva Dhanurasana

    Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana

            Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana is the challenging variation of Chakrasana, also known as 'Forearm Wheel Pose'. In this variation, you have to first rest head on yoga mat, then slowly release rest forearms one by one. Don't rush, do it slowly. It’s only for advanced flexibility, and regular Yoga practitioner. This Wheel pose variation, increases strength and balance.

    Yoga Girl doing Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana - forearm wheel pose
    Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana - forearm wheel pose

    Straight Leg Wheel Pose

              Straight Leg Wheel Pose is the challenging variation of Chakrasana. also known as 'Saral pada chakrasana'. In this variation, you have to straight the both legs when completing all Chakrasana or Wheel pose steps given in this article. Don't rush, do it slowly. It’s only for advanced flexibility, and regular Yoga practitioner. This Wheel pose variation, increases strength and balance.

    Yoga Girl doing Straight Leg Wheel Pose Yoga Saral pada chakrasana
    Straight Leg Wheel Pose


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