Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yoga Posture: Half Wheel pose (Ardha Cakrasana)

Half Wheel Pose

Half Wheel pose is used as a counter pose for The Standing Forward Bend (Padahastasana).  It is also the preparation for Wheel pose (Cakrasana) (see picture on the right).  Wheel pose can be done from standing or lying down.  Wheel pose being done from standing is belonging to the advance level.

Support the back at the waist by the palms, fingers pointing forwards. Inhale and bend backwards from the lumbar region. Drop the head backwards, stretching the muscles of the neck. Half wheel pose has to be bend from hip and elbows have to be close to each other.

Half Wheel pose makes the spine flexible, stimulates the spinal nerves and promotes circulation of blood into head.  It strengthens the neck muscles.  It expands chest and shoulders.  It help to improve breathing.  However, persons with problems of vertigo have to avoid this posture.

Note: Please perform the yoga posture under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.

Source from Yoga Mind & Body - Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
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