Chakrasana : How to Do It, Benefits, Contraindications

The name “Chakrasana” comes from the Sanskrit words “Chakra” which means the wheel, and the meaning of Asana is “Posture” or “seat”.

Chakrasana or the wheel pose is a backward bending yoga asana. Chakra in Sanskrit means Wheel. In Wheel Pose, 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.

English name: – Wheel Pose

Sanskrit name: – Chakrasana

Pose type: –          backbend, stretch, inversion, balance.

Body position: –  Supine

Level: –                Advanced

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

How to Do Chakrasana

  1. Lie down on your back with feet apart, bend your knees and place your feet on the ground close to your body.
  2. Now bring your palms under your shoulders such that the fingers point towards the shoulders and the elbows are shoulder-width apart.
  3. Inhale and press your palms firmly into the
  4. Lift your shoulders and elbow firmly into the floor
  5. Your Feet should be pressed firmly into the
  6. Inhale and lift your hips
  7. The spine should be rolled up so that it may seem to resemble a semi-circular arch or
  8. Straighten out your arms and legs as much as possible so that the hips and chest may be pushed
  9. Hold this pose for at least 15-30
  10. To go back to original, bend your elbows to lower your head and shoulders to the
  11. Then bend your knees and bring your spine and hips back to the ground and relax.

Chakrasana Benefits

  1. Chakrasana strengthens the liver, pancreas, and
  2. Excellent for the
  3. Good for infertility, asthma, and
  4. Wheel Pose Strengthens arms, shoulders, hands, wrists, and
  5. Stretches the chest and lungs
  6. Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
  7. Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands.
  8. Increases energy and counteracts

Chakrasana Contraindications

  1. Do not try this Yoga Pose in case of a back injury.
  2. If you are suffering from heart problems, then don’t try
  3. A headache, Diarrhoea, and carpal tunnel
  4. High or low blood pressure.
  5. Do not perform this if suffering from any cardiac or spinal problems.
  6. Avoid if suffering from a hernia.

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