Pose is URDHVA DHANURASANA or WHEEL pose 💕
We love this pose because opens the heart.
The BENEFITS are similar to ustrasana in that it stretches the entire front of the body, as well as stretches the chest and lungs, the front of the hips, opens the shoulders and strengthens the arms, wrists, legs, abs and spine. .
Here are a few TIPS on entering the pose safely -
1. Begin lying on your back, feet hip with distance with feet as close to your seat as possible.
2. Place hands, palms down, on either side of the head, fingers spread wide pointing toward the shoulders.
3. Root down through your inner feet. Keeping feet and thighs parallel, begin to press through the feet to lift the hips. Contract your quadriceps and hamstrings, avoid contraction of the glutes (release your butt! 😜). 4. With fingers spread wide, press through the palms to gently lift to the crown of the head. Integrate shoulder blades onto back ribs.
5. Press through both hands and feet and exhale to lift your head off of the floor. Work the arms straight, open through the front body. Inwardly rotate the thighs slightly, reach the tailbone long and again - don't squeeze your butt! Coming to the balls of the feet will create more space for the low back.
Most importantly, don't forget to BREATH! 💕 Get creative in your variation! Bridge pose is an excellent alternative if wheel pose isn't in your practice at this time 💗 Photography by @tateenglund
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