Chakrasana is the posture of the wheel. In this posture the outline of the body becomes circular. That is why this posture is called ‘Posture of The Wheel’. From scientific point of view, this posture should be practiced after the Forward Bend (Paschimottana Asana) because in the Forward Bent in the forward direction, whereas in the Wheel (Chakra Asana) the waist and the neck is bent in backward direction.
How to do Chakrasana
- Line supine (facing upwards) on a mat or blanket spread on the floor.
- Bend the legs at knees so that the heels touch the hips.
- Bend your arms so that your palms touch the ground near your respective ears. In the beginning, it is necessary to keep a distance of about one foot between both hands and both the feet to maintain proper balance.
- Breathe in and raise your chest and waist above the ground. This way, the weight of your whole body will be on your hands and toes.
- Slowly, raise your waist higher and higher while trying to bring the hand and feet closer so that your body forms a circular figure.
- Slowly bring your waist back to the ground while breathing out and relaxing your body. After some rest, repeat the posture. Increase the duration and frequency of this posture slowly.
There are many ways to do this posture – a few persons raise their body on the toes instead of the feet, a few raise their hands above their heads while standing (palms facing skywards) and then backwards to touch the grounds behind them. Initially, you will not be able to remain in this posture for more than 15 to 20 seconds. However, you can increase this duration to one minute. This yoga posture should be practiced only thrice in this beginning.
Benefits of Chakrasana Yoga Posture
This posture makes the backbone flexible. Those whose backbone is flexible, remain ever youthful. Obesity can also be removed easily with this posture. If one practices the Wheel Posture after the Forward Bend (Puschimottana Asana), then one can find relief in pain of waist) (back flatulence, pain in the calf and menstrual pains in women. This posture directly affects the backbone as a result of which the backbone becomes flexible like rubber. This posture results in broadening the chest and making the waist slim and thus results in bodily beauty.
This yoga posture also affects the navel, which is the center of so many nerves and is in the center of the body. Yoga specialists have also called the navel as The Great Junction of Nerves. This junction should always be at its assigned place. If it moves up or down, left or right or diagonally, then the affected person immediately falls ill. Stomach ache, intestinal gas, indigestion, loose motion, etc are the many illnesses associated with the misplaced navel nerve center. With this posture, this nerve center, which is also an energy center, automatically comes to its natural place, thus providing stability to around 72,000 nerves and regularizing blood flow therein.
This posture is beneficial for men and women equally. Those persons whose backbone has become rigid like old persons, must practice this posture. This is so because those who have rigidity in backbone, start feeling ill affects of old age in their very youth. The Wheel Posture provides flexibility to backbone. That is why this posture has its unique importance in Yoga.
During the Wheel Posture, one must meditate on the back.