One-Legged Wheel Pose

Definition - What does One-Legged Wheel Pose mean?

One-legged wheel pose is an advanced backbend that requires strength, flexibility and balance.

To enter the pose, begin lying face up on a yoga mat. Bend the legs and bring the feet closer to the sit bones. Lift the arms overhead, then bend the wrists back so the palms may be placed on the ground on either side of the head. The fingers are pointed toward the shoulders. Grounding through the palms, straighten the arms and lift the torso and head off the floor, coming into bridge pose. Shifting the weight into the left leg, bring the right knee in toward the chest before stretching the right foot up to the sky. Hold for a cycle of six to eight breaths then lower the right foot back to the ground. Repeat with the opposite leg.

One-legged wheel pose may also be referred to as eka pada urdhva dhanurasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains One-Legged Wheel Pose

One-legged wheel pose is a challenging asana and a powerful heart opener. It is recommended to master one-legged bridge pose, bow pose and wheel pose before moving on to one-legged wheel pose.

Benefits of one-legged wheel pose include:

  • Stretches the entire body
  • Tones the spine and increases spinal flexibility
  • Opens the chest
  • Strengthens the arms, hips and back
  • Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands
  • Energizes the whole body
  • Calms the mind

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