The Yoga pose Wheel – (Chakrasana also known as Urdhva-Dhanurasana) precautions
The yoga pose Wheel is an advanced and one of the most dynamic whole-body postures in Hatha Yoga. In this asana the body is arched back and supported on the palms and soles of the feet.
Do not be discouraged if you are not able to accomplish this pose right away as it is a very challenging and difficult asana. Before fully attempting this inverted yoga pose, know the strength of your upper body and your spinal flexibility. If you have limited strength but plenty of flexibility you can easily come up into this Yoga pose.
If you have lots of strength but limited flexibility you will be able to come up into the Wheel using the force of your strength. If your strength and flexibility are limited the yoga pose Wheel will be quite a challenge.
The wheel (Chakrasana) has an overall tonic effect for the entire body. It tones the spine by stretching it fully. It strengthens the spine, upper back, arms, shoulders, wrists, buttocks, thighs and abdomen. It stretches the chest and the lungs.
It stimulates the cardiovascular system, thyroid and pituitary glands. The yoga pose Wheel gives a boosts of energy, great vitality and feeling of lightness. It counteracts depression. By practicing this yoga pose the glandular, digestive, respiratory and nervous systems are enhanced.
Although the Wheel pose is a healthy for some people, the same may not hold for other people. There are many health conditions in which it is suggested that yoga pose Wheel is not recommended.
Three important reasons (out of many) not to do yoga pose Wheel:
1) Any person with weak wrists should not attempt this powerful pose.
2) In case of back injury / weak back avoid this posture.
3) During pregnancy this asana is not to be performed.
Issued in the interest of people practicing Hatha yoga by Subodh Gupta, Yoga Expert based in London.