Definition - What does Yoga Wheel mean?
A yoga wheel is a piece of yoga equipment used to help with a number of different asanas and yoga-inspired exercises. The first types of yoga wheels, known as the Dharma Yoga Wheels, were created by Sri Dharma Mittra and his son, Yoga Varuna. There are now other similar yoga wheels available.
Yoga wheels have become increasingly popular because they can be used for stretching and releasing the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders, as well as the deep hip flexors. They may also be used for challenging balance postures.
Yogapedia explains Yoga Wheel
Yoga wheels are sometimes used to make stretches deeper and more intense, and, sometimes, they are used to make difficult arm balances or backbends more accessible. The key benefits are said to be in releasing tension and building flexibility. They can also improve balance, proprioception and core strength.
Yoga wheels are available in several sizes in order to suit different heights of yogis and allow yogis to explore deeper stretches.
Some examples of asanas that may be practiced with the support of a yoga wheel include:
- Hanumanasana (monkey pose), with the wheel under the front ankle.
- Kapotasana (pigeon pose), by reclining back over the wheel.
- Salamba sarvangasana (supported shoulder stand), with the wheel under the lower back.
- Halasana (plow pose), by holding the wheel under the lower back.
- Pincha mayurasana (feathered peacock pose), by holding the wheel between the hands.