Yogasana: Check out this Wheelie #atozchallenge

My theme for this year’s  #atozchallenge is – 26 Yogasana. So brace yourself for 26 days of stretching, backbends and inversions, as I take you along my upside down evenings, sincerely hoping that you will find these posts helpful 🙂

Chakrasana Or Wheel Pose

Chakrasana or Wheel Pose is a beautiful backbend that stretches the front of your body –  abdomen and lungs, strengthens your arms and back muscles. This also provides relief to people like me who have 9 to 5 desk jobs.

But if you can’t progress into a Chakrasana yet, no worries-  practice Bridge poses. The first time I tried to do a chakrasana, I was extremely disappointing. I couldn’t even get off the floor. For months I kept practicing the bridge poses and it’s variations, along with Half Chakrasana, holding them for a couple of breath. And then, one day I was able to transition into a wheel. Here’s some of the variations of Bridge pose (also called Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) that give my back a good stretch.

Wheel Pose or Chakrasana (also known as Urdhva Dhurasana)

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Disclaimer: I am not an Instructor or Yoga teacher, only a regular Hatha Yoga practitioner who is passionate about fitness. I am writing this series to detail my learning and experience during the practice. Please consult a Physician/Doctor before starting any exercise regime as some of the poses might contradict with your existing medical issues, for example injuries related to spinal cord, knee, ankle, wrists, neck, medical conditions like Migraine, Diabetics, Asthma etc.


Stay Strong and Humble! Namaste.

Previous Posts:

A: Always Stretch – Anjaneyasana
B: Being a Wannabe Crow

20 thoughts on “Yogasana: Check out this Wheelie #atozchallenge

  1. Heartening to know that you could do the Chakrasan after a few months, ‘cos I cannot do it yet. I can manage the bridge and several other asanas. This one I’m unable to lift above the floor. Hope to get it after some consistent practice. Amazed at your flexibility. See you tomorrow.

  2. I can do a bridge and I am happy atleast something I can do out of all the asanas you show. Love your inspirational post Raj 🙂

  3. I’m able to do the bridge post, though it’s probably not perfect. But I can’t hold it for more than 2 seconds. You’re right. These back-bend poses are great for us desk-job people.

  4. I can do the bridge pose and hold it for like five seconds! Maybe I can try this. Just have to have an ambulance on speed dial 😛

    If I haven’t said so already, you woman are my inspiration!

  5. O when I saw this pose the first time, I refused to do it! I tried a bit and had pain on my back all day! But days after days, as I made progress, nothing was more satisfying that being able to do this!!

    And here, you perform with so much ease! I love this so much about you!


  6. My daughter can do this pose. Does that count? Me, I am happy with suryanamaskar. These 38-year-old bones would creak if I tried Chakrasana 😉

    You, though, take a backward bow, woman!

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