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Green+Aquamarine: Asana of the Week #6 Wheel Pose

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Asana of the Week #6 Wheel Pose

Each week, on  Tuesday I will share a pose and explain how to get into the position correctly. Then, I challenge you to try the asana, and tag me on Twitter (@EleanorMayC) or Instagram (@EleanorMay_C) using the hashtag #AsanaoftheWeek Comment below if you have got involved, and have fun!

We're practising backbends this time! This week's asana is Wheel Pose/Upwards Bow Pose, Urdhva Dhanurasana. Wheel pose strengthens and lengthens the spine, improving flexibility and reducing some back pain. The chest is opened, strengthening the lungs, which aids those with breathing problems. It is a whole body posture that strengthens the wrists, arms, legs shoulders and abs, particularly the obliques, producing a slimming and toning effect when practised regularly. Its is also a good hip opener.

Lie on your back, and place your feet flat on the ground, as close to the hips as possible. Place your hands just above your shoulders, splayed fingers pointing down the body. Ground the feet and lift the hips and lower back off your mat. Use your arms and shoulders to push your upper body up with the hips, until the arms are extended fully. Make sure that the neck is relaxed and down. Readjust your feet and hands if necessary. Build up to hold for three minutes, or even longer. Gently bend the arms and legs to come back down, tucking the neck against the chest as you do so to protect it.
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Try straightening the legs so that the chest moves up above the shoulders. Or place the feet flat and move them closer to the arms -for me this is somewhat reminiscent of my gymnastic days, when I could get my hands inbetween my feet in wheel pose!

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