Yoga For A Happy Life: The Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

A happy life involves a strong body-mind-spirit connection, and the Wheel Pose is a great exercise which will do just that and make you feel good at the same time. This yoga stance energizes you both on a mental, as well as on a physical level. It is believed to alleviate depression, stress, and anxiety. And that is because the thyroid and the pituitary glands are engaged when practicing this pose.

Since it involves a backbend, the Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) opens the heart. It will allow you to heal the heart wounds which you have suffered from in the past and pave the way for a new love opportunity.

To Perform Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana), Do The Following:

  • Lie on your back, face upwards. 
  • Flex the legs and bring your heels as close to the buttocks as possible. 
  • Flex the arms, place the palms on the mat beside the head, and the fingers pointing towards the shoulders.
  • Actively push the inner feet into the mat, exhale and push the tailbone up, tightening the buttocks and elevate them from the mat. 
  • Maintain the legs parallel with each other. Breathe two or three times. 
  • Next, firmly push the inner hands into the floor and the shoulder blades against the back. 
  • Lift the head from the mat. 
  • Maintain the arms parallel with each other. Breathe two or three times here;
  • Push the feet and arms into the mat and, while you exhale, elevate the head off the floor and straighten the arms;
  • Stay in this position for 5 to 10 seconds or more, breathing normally. Repeat the stance for 3 to 10 times.

 


Other Benefits Of The Wheel Pose 

The Wheel Pose also brings other benefits besides the ones mentioned above:

  • Strengthening and lengthening the vertebrae, which improves spinal flexibility and elasticity. 
  • The Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) keeps you healthy and young, with a good posture.
  • It tones the muscles of the arms, the wrists, the legs, chest, and shoulders.
  • It improves the nervous system functioning and the secretion of hormones, which keeps the body in proper health. The hormonal balance believed to be brought by this pose will assist in gaining good fertility;
  • This yoga posture strengthens the lungs and opens up the chest. The Wheel Pose can also help with enabling more oxygen to come into the rib cage, which improves the breathing. Studies demonstrated that this position has a therapeutic role for practitioners who have asthma;
  • A hamstring and gluteus maximus toner: the hamstrings and glutes are put to work to extend the hips.

Cautions While Practicing The Wheel Pose 

  • The Wheel Pose has to be exercised with extreme caution if the practitioner has suffered a back injury, has heart irregularities, the carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, or low blood pressure.
  • Please make sure you consult a physician before practicing the Wheel Pose. 

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