Wheel is a deep backward bend, made even deeper by the extension of the arms over- head, which stretches the shoulders and upper chest. Wheel expands on the frontside opening of Camel and counters the forward bend of Rabbit. Try to get your arms straight and your shoulders over your wrists. The hips lift up as high as possible.
Lungs are very extended in this posture, and the muscles of the chest and torso are engaged, so breath will be about 50%. Keep the breath as slow and relaxed as possible. It is easy to let the intensity of this posture shorten the breath and lead to mental panic. Relax the breath and use it to cultivate ease in the body and calmness in the mind.
This posture builds strength in the spine, hips, arms and legs. It stretches the belly, chest, throat and the front of the hips. It stretches and stimulates many of the nerve plexuses on the front side of the body, making it an intense experience but improving confidence and relaxation.
Excerpt from the Ghosh Yoga Practice Manual - Intermediate.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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