Chakrasana Benefits: Chakrasana is known as Wheel Pose. It’s also given terms such as Upward-Facing Bow Pose and Back Bridge. The name ‘Chakrasana’ is derived from Sanskrit words, wherein ‘chakra’ means ‘wheel’ and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’ or ‘seat’. It is a part of Ashtanga yoga. It is a backward bending pose which increases the flexibility of the spine. Let’s look at the steps to get better closure on the Asana.
Benefits of chakrasana
- Helps increase the flexibility of the body.
- Improves respiratory system
- Strengthens your bones and muscles.
- Help get rid of stress and tension as it strengthens your nervous system
- Reduces fat present in abdomen and belly.
- Aids in getting rid of gastric problems by strengthening the digestive system.
- Helps in curing hernia.
- Leads to better functioning of the liver, heart, spleen, and kidneys.
Steps to follow for chakrasana
- Lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, on your back. Lift your face such that you’re looking straight in an upward direction.
- Now, fold your legs and bend them down below such that the soles of your feet are touching the ground. Keep in mind to maintain a distance of at least 30 cm between each knee and feet.
- Place your hands beneath your shoulders, besides your head such that your fingers face your legs.
- Take a deep breath and slowly raise your body.
- While raising your body, arch your back
- Lift your head and torso from the ground and try to straighten your hands and legs as much as you can
- Arch your back further but make sure not to strain it. Keep your neck relaxed.
- Now, try to balance the pose on your foot fingers, by slowly raising your heels while keeping your hands firmly on the ground.
- Stay in this position as long as you’re comfortable, then slowly exhale while returning to a normal position by lowering your body to the ground.
Practice chakrasana 3 times a day for better flexibility of the body. But make sure you do easier stretching exercises like bending forward, before going for chakrasana.
- Pregnant women should avoid chakrasana.
- It’s best not to practice chakrasana directly. Do some bending exercises beforehand.
- People with weakness in wrist or spine should avoid this.
- It should not be practiced by those suffering from any ailments.