Use Blocks For Wheel Pose

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Wheel Pose – Urdhva Dhanurasana With Blocks

Full wheel is a complex yoga pose offered in so many yoga classes.  If you’ve ever tried wheel and it felt just out of reach, try this modification to help you practice going deeper.  If you have a back injury, wrist pain, high or low blood pressure or heart issues, you shouldn’t attempt Wheel.  This is a very intense backbend that will stretch the chest and shoulders.  Be sure to allow yourself a proper warm up before attempting!

Step 1: Place blocks against the wall framing your head.  Rest between the blocks and place your hands securely on the blocks.  Make sure you have a nice secure grip before moving forward.

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Step 2: With your hands securely placed on the blocks begin to shift your weight into your hands as you lift your hips off of the ground.  Work towards bringing the arms as straight as possible without working to the point of pain or injury.

 

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Step 3: Practice lifting higher, allowing yourself to go a bit deeper with each breath.  This allows you to practice wheel as you work your way up to the pose without blocks.

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Photographed here is Caitlin Collignon at Eka Yoga Seattle