In the esoteric tradition of hatha yoga, Chakrasana creates a bridge between six chakras. Besides, helping the mind, body and breath, the wheel posture stimulates the energy flow in the entire body. Also, this posture is popular because of its’ benefits and its’ aesthetic appeal.
What is so special about Chakrasana?
It is an intense backward bend which creates necessary space in the spine to keep young and healthy. Just like a wheel sets the momentum for the car, this asana sets the momentum for the circulatory system, nervous system and endocrine system.
Chakrasana introduces our conscious awareness to the energy flowing through the chakras. While the torso is reflexed, the Manipura chakra is affected. And as the seat of digestive fire, this Chakra regulates the function of the Pancreas and digestive organs. The solar plexus contains many precious jewels such as the qualities of clarity, self-confidence, bliss, self-assurance, knowledge, wisdom and the ability to make correct decisions.
Benefits of Chakrasana
- Spine flexibilty and strength- Wheel pose strengthens and lengthens the vertebrae, which increases elasticity and flexibility of the spine. As we age, our spines compress, but this asana helps us stand tall in the later years too!
- Tones the abdominal region- Regular practice ensure that the obliques and the abdominal fat is reduced.
- Opens up the chest- while increasing the lung capacity. Thereby it helps in more oxygen being circulated in the body.
- Stimulates nervous system and endocrine system– Due to stimulation of the thyroid and pituitary glands, when engaged in the posture, happy hormones/chemicals are secreted. It energises and de-stresses you.
- Stretches the hip while increasing hip flexibility.
- Heart opener- As the chest is pushed out, the cardiovascular health improves, the energy is activated. This helps in emotional stability and more harmony in relationships.
- Strengthens the arms, shoulders and wrist.
- Extroversion in personality– As the heart centre opens we are more comfortable interacting with people. And it is easier to form connections and forgive others.
Avoid in case of slip disc, wrist injury, vertigo, high blood pressure or neck injury.
Engage your lower back muscles.
This is one of my favourite asanas as it is an energy booster and it keeps my abdominal region toned up. It may take time to extend the arms. But keep trying, for the joy of getting the asana right is exhilirating!!