5 Reasons Everyone Should Do Wheel Pose

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If you practice yoga regularly, you’re probably familiar with wheel pose.

And while certain sports—gymnastics and wrestling, for example—give wheels the focus they deserve, most average gym-goers skip this exercise completely, a huge mistake. Because not only will wheels make you stronger, more flexible, and keep you injury-free, they add an element of fun to your workouts and bring out your inner kid.

And you don’t even have to do them that often to benefit your health, since including wheels in your workout just once or twice a week can give you all the benefits this incredible exercise has to offer.

Here are 5 reasons to do wheels more often:

1. They can help get rid of back pain.

If you’re like most people, you probably sit at your computer 8 to 10 hours a day, and log a few more hours at home and in the car. All that sitting can lead to lower back pain, which affects 31 million Americans at any given time.

Because wheels open up the spine, they can help counteract all that sitting, even if you aren’t actually moving any more than usual. The result is less back pain, even if you do them just a couple of times a week.

2. They bulletproof the spine.

Doing this pose regularly will strengthen your spinal muscles, which can prevent slipped discs and other injuries.

What’s more, regular wheel practice can bulletproof the spine and prepare it for heavy or explosive movements like running, weights or HIIT—so you can train hard in whatever sport or activity you love and remain injury-free.

3. They’re awesome for flexibility.

If you’ve ever actually tried them, you’ll know that wheels give you an amazing stretch, not just in your spinal muscles, but also in your shoulders and hips.

So if you have extra tight shoulders, back muscles, or hips, adding wheels to your routine is a fantastic way to open them up! Depending on your level of tightness and flexibility you may want to start with modified, half bridges rather than the full thing.

Tip: add some foam rolling to your fitness routine for extreme flexibility!

4. They work a lot of muscles.

Doing a proper wheel pose not only works every muscle in your back (including the really important spinal muscles), it also activates nearly every muscle in your entire body.

From your quads to your glutes, your calves to your arms and shoulders, they’re all being strengthened in a wheel. So while many people view wheels as a flexibility exercise, they’ll actually make you really strong as well.

5. They strengthen your lungs.

When you get into a wheel pose, you’re opening your chest to allow greater air flow to your lungs. Consistent back-bending this way will strengthen your lungs like no other exercise can. Just don’t forget to breathe, or you won’t get the full lung-strengthening benefits!

So start building wheels into your daily routine, and be amazed how much stronger, more flexible, and pain-free you feel on a daily basis!

Publié par Sophie Foucher

Lives between Europe and exotic places, here is my story: I worked as a fashion Buyer for 10 years in Paris and get the chance to travel a lot during fashion weeks and experienced to live abroad. At 30 I changed my life and relocated in Hong Kong, where in parallel of my work I was studying Yoga and Ayurveda from short trips to Bali. Influenced by my teachers, peers, environment and my travels… I felt unstoppable and this year gap changed my life. First, I attended in Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Monastery my first Vipassana course – the 21 days of silent meditation in 2013. I did an Ashtanga 200-YTT in India in 2013, I stayed under the guidance of certified Ashtanga teachers of KP Jois as Prem Carlisi, Damien de Bastier, BNS Iyengar till now. Completed an Ayurvedic course with Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P in his foundation of Ayurveda and also with Dr Ramesh Kumar from the University of Ayurveda in Mysore – India. Completed a Dietary Course called ‘Food is your best medecine’ with the Dr. Veronica Waks M.D., N.D. which is about planning a food plan who works the best with different type of people. More recently in 2018, she stayed under the guidance of well known Ayurvedic author Janesh Vaidya in his center in Kerala to be trained as a Yoga Therapist and integrating Yoga-Ayurvedic program that she is able to teach now. « My experiences make me understand that the key component for health and wellness is traveling into a healing environment, as it is an extraordinary step into the process of self-discovering and how to transform our life with new habits and then sustain this lifestyle for our own health ».  That’s why I choose to use my yoga retreats to guide others for self-discovery and adopting a spiritual practice into their life “Sadhana” and all tools that has benefited me. You can visit my website : www.vitaminesea.org

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