Benefits of Chakrasana

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English name: – Wheel pose

Sanskrit name: – Chakrasana

Pose type: – back bend, stretch, inversion, balance.

Body position: – Supine

Level: – Advanced

Another name: – Urdva Dhanurasana ( Upward-Facing Bow Pose).

Preparatory pose :-

  • Bhujangasana
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • Virasana

The name “Chakrasana” comes from the Sanskrit words “Chakra” which means wheel, and meaning of Asana is “Posture” or “seat”. Chakrasana or the wheel pose is a backward bending yoga asana. Chakra in Sanskrit means Wheel. In chakrasana, the final position looks like a wheel, hence the name. It gives great flexibility to the spine. It is called chakrasana since the body takes almost a wheel-like, semi circular posture while performing this asana.

Steps of Chakrasana

  • Lie down on your back with feet apart ,bend your knees and place your feet on the ground close to your body.
  • Now bring your palms under your shoulders such that the fingers point towards the shoulders and the elbows are shoulder width apart.

 

  • Inhale and press your palms firmly into the floor.
  • Lift your shoulders and elbow firmly into the floor
  • Your Feet should be pressed firmly into the floor.
  • Inhale and lift your hips up.

 

  • The spine should be rolled up so that it may seem to resemble a semi circular arch or wheel.
  • Straighten out your arms and legs as much as possible so that the hips and chest maybe pushed up.
  • Hold this pose for at least 15-30 seconds.
  • To go back to original, bend your elbows to lower your head and shoulders to the floor.
  • Then bend your knees and bring your spine and hips back to the ground and relax.

Benefits of Chakrasana

  • Strengthens liver, pancreas and kidneys.
  • Excellent for heart.
  • Good for infertility, asthma and osteoporosis.
  • Strengthens arms, shoulders, hands, wrists and legs.
  • Stretches the chest and lungs
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
  • Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands.
  • Increases energy and counteracts depression.

Cautions of Chakrasana

  • Do not try this Asana in case of back injury.
  • If you are suffering from heart problems, then don’t try this.
  • Headache, Diarrhea and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • High or low blood pressure.
  • Do not perform this if suffering from any cardiac or spinal problems.
  • Avoid if suffering from hernia.

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