Chakrasana Benefits

by Anupma SD

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.

Chakrasana

Benefits of chakrasana
  1. Helps increase the flexibility of the body.
  2. Improves respiratory system
  3. Strengthens your bones and muscles.
  4. Help get rid of stress and tension as it strengthens your nervous system
  5. Reduces fat present in abdomen and belly.
  6. Aids in getting rid of gastric problems by strengthening the digestive system.
  7. Helps in curing hernia.
  8. Leads to better functioning of the liver, heart, spleen, and kidneys.
Steps to follow for chakrasana
  1. Lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, on your back. Lift your face such that you’re looking straight in an upward direction.
  2. 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.
  3. Place your hands beneath your shoulders, besides your head such that your fingers face your legs.
  4. Take a deep breath and slowly raise your body.
  5. While raising your body, arch your back
  6. Lift your head and torso from the ground and try to straighten your hands and legs as much as you can
  7. Arch your back further but make sure not to strain it. Keep your neck relaxed.
  8. Now, try to balance the pose on your foot fingers, by slowly raising your heels while keeping your hands firmly on the ground.
  9. 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.

Precautions
  1. Pregnant women should avoid chakrasana.
  2. It’s best not to practice chakrasana directly. Do some bending exercises beforehand.
  3. People with weakness in wrist or spine should avoid this.
  4. It should not be practiced by those suffering from any ailments.
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