Friday, March 9, 2012

Yoga Pose of the Day: Wheel Pose

And now the stretch.......Wheel Pose. Please be careful before attempting this pose, as it is not in everyone's practice. You may want to practice Bridge Pose instead until your strength and flexibility allow you to go into Wheel.

So many benefits:
1-You stretch your chest and lungs.
2-You work your arms, wrists, legs, glutes, and all of your core.
3-Increases your energy.
4-Therapeutic for your body both inside and out.

Here's how to do it:
1-Lay on the floor, facing up. Your knees are bent and your feet are on the floor as close as they can be to your glutes.
2-Bend your elbows and place the palms of your hands on either side of your ears, fingers pointing towards your shoulders.
3-As you exhale, push into your feet and raise your torso up into the air, engaging your glutes and abs.
4-On your next exhalation, push into your palms and raise your shoulders so they are over your wrists.
5- Make sure your legs are parallel with one another, and your arms are parallel with one another.
6-Hold the pose for about three to four breaths.
7-To come out of it, slowly lower the back of your head to the ground, then bring your glutes back to the ground. Again, do this SLOWLY.
8-Repeat two or three more times.


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