Kicking around in W H E E L P O S E on a beach towel, rather than a yoga mat, is S L I P P E R Y business! Don’t try this at home boys & squirrels! I am literally about to bust my noggin’ in this shot, but…the sunlight was too beautiful not to share and this posture is all about learning to embrace V U L N E R A B I L I T Y so cheers to that & happy Wednesday to all!
Sat Nam xoxo
The B E N E F I T S of “bending over backwards” for your S E L F . . .
– Strengthens and lengthens the vertebrae, which increases elasticity, flexibility, and creates the necessary space in the spine to keep young, healthy, and standing tall.
– Strengthens arms, wrists, abdomen, legs, shoulders and chest for smooth, toned muscles.
– Opens up the chest, strengthens and increases lungs capacity.
– Stimulates the nervous system and improves hormone secretions that favor optimal health.
– Removes fat buildup from the oblique area, for a notable slimming effect.
– Energizes both physically and mentally, counteracting stress, depression and anxiety, thanks to stimulation of the thyroid and pituitary glands.
– Ignites all seven of the chakras, for total energetic balance and harmony.
W H E E L P O S E is a serious heart opener, soothing old wounds and allowing for new opportunities for love. Vulnerability is a prerequisite, but with dedicated practice, it will soon have you shining your heart and light to the world! ❤️✨
Did you know that Wheel Pose is an ENERGIZING posture, both physically and mentally? Yogic philosophy teaches that Wheel actively decreases stress, depression and anxiety, thanks to its stimulation of the thyroid and pituitary glands. In addition, it’s a HEART OPENING backbend that can aid in mending “broken” hearts, while helping to open ourselves back up and creating spaciousness for new opportunities. This posture requires a bit of VULNERABILITY, but with practice, you will soon be SHINING your heart and light to the world! Sat Nam
DID YOU KNOW THAT CAMEL POSE…
- Creates maximum compression of the spine, which stimulates the nervous system.
- Improves flexibility of the neck and spine.
- Releases backache and helps degenerative spinal problems such as kyphoscoliotic deformities and cervical spondylosis.
- Stretches the abdominal organs and helps eliminate constipation.
- Stretches the throat and parthyroids.
- Opens the narrow ribcage to give more space to the lungs and firms and slims the abdomen and waistline.
- Opens up the heart chakra, where we often store stress, fear and anxiety, allowing for the release of these emotions.
HOW TO DO IT…
In a kneeling position thighs and body perpendicular to the ground, the knees and lower legs approximately two fists apart.
Pressing the knees into the floor, strongly rooting from the navel, lift away from the lower back, slightly tucking the tailbone, feel the expansion of the chest upwards as high as it can go before you lean back, grasping the heels and pressing the heart center up towards the sky. Before you go back, arch the chest as much as you can, pull your chin in to connect your neck to the upper spine. Allow the head to go back as far as it can without disconnecting it from your arch or compressing the neck.
Back bends are supposed to feel great, the spine is being elongated, the front of the hips opening and the lower back protected by a strong root lock (contraction of the anus, sex organs and navel drawn towards the spine). Let the head fall back, as far as the heart center/chest will allow. Press the hips forward keeping the head above the feet. BREATHE.