Posted on 05-07-2007
Filed Under (Yoga posture) by admin

Sanskrit name: Chakrasana aka urdhva-dhanurasana.

Chakra (cak – to move) means wheel and therefore this is the Wheel Posture. Urdhva means raised, elevated or upright and dhanur means bow. Both “wheel posture” and “upward bow posture” describe the appearance of this asana.

The first time I did this pose, I was not paying attention at the instructor. Hence, I failed to do it. During my second lesson under a different instructor, she explained to us in more details. Follow the step-by-step S.L.OW.L.Y and remember to breath.

  1. Lie flat on the back in the shavasana posture.
  2. While exhaling, bend the knees and bring the feet as close to the buttocks as possible with the soles of the feet on the floor.
  3. Bend the arms at the elbows and place the palms of the hands flat on the floor directly under each shoulder with the fingers pointing toward the back.
  4. While inhaling slowly, raise your head and rest your crown on the floor. I find that this is very helpful before pushing my hands, back and lastly, the buttocks off the floor while arching the spine.

I personally feel that grading for difficulty level lies solely on individual. Altho Chakrasana is graded at 8 out of 10, I might grade them 3 in my personal record.

Namaste, everyone!

(5) Comments   


River of Karma on 5 July, 2007 at 2:00 pm #

Hello there friend,
Came across your blog thru petaling. If that’s you in the pic, you’re amazing in yoga. I hope it brings you many a benefits as it did me.
My advise tho – I did one session under yogazone and i don’t think I’ve ever felt so much pain in any yoga session. And I’ve been doing yoga for 2yrs now. Guess im a cynic. Just be careful yea.

YogaJess said: Thanks for dropping. Yea, that’s me. I was amazed too as how flexible I am.

the Razzler on 6 July, 2007 at 10:53 am #

Wow!! Yogajess … for a beginner, you are fanstastic lehhh 🙂 🙂

Now I am so inspired to take up Yoga liaooo ..!! 🙂 🙂

oliviasy on 9 July, 2007 at 4:32 pm #

thanks for sharing, jess. i can lift my head & shoulders off slightly only. mebbe i’m trying too hard kua. mebbe my arms not strong enuf to do this yet. and normally the instructor wld tell us to lift our hips 1st, then the head & arms. mebbe i’ll try things ur way and see if i can manage to do the pose.

Annie Q on 24 July, 2007 at 1:17 pm #

i can’t do this pose!Aaarrgg..
I’m not doing yoga, but i do attend a few class of Body Balance!

yenjai.net on 24 July, 2007 at 2:02 pm #

You are really good in it

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