The Black Swan Yoga Pose of the Week is Wheel Pose!
It was chosen by our teacher of the week, Erin Furry. It is a very intense backbend with so many amazing variations to try.
Here’s why Erin loves Wheel Pose:
“Urdhva Dhanurasana actively uses the entire body and I love how energizing it is for me both physically and mentally. I love how this pose creates space! Wheel opens the chest and lungs allowing increased amounts of oxygen in the rib cage to improve respiration. It also requires a bit of vulnerability by fully opening the heart space. In this pose, I open my heart to shine light to our beautiful city of Austin, to all practitioners of yoga and to the world at large! <3”
How to Do Wheel Pose
- Begin by laying down on your back.
- Bend your knees and bring your heels towards your glutes and the soles of your feet onto the floor.
- Place your hands by your shoulders and ears with your fingers pointing towards your toes.
- Engage your core, and press your hands and feet into the floor.
- Inhale and lift your hips up towards the sky.
- Begin to lengthen through your arms and legs.
- Keep your abdominals engaged to protect your back.
Benefits of Wheel Pose
- Helps stretch and strengthen your spine
- Strengthens wrists, arms, and legs
- Opens chest and strengthens lungs
- Aids in hip flexibility