Sunday, 25 September 2011

Chakrasana - The Wheel Pose Supine

"Chakra" means 'wheel' in Sanskrit. In the final posture of this pose the arched body resembles the rim of a wheel. Hence the name Chakrasana or Wheel Pose.



  1. Lie down on your back with both legs apart.
  2. Stretch both arms on either side with palms facing downward.
  3. Fold both knees and draw the legs back.
  4. The heels should be touching the respective buttocks. Both soles should be touching the ground.
  5. Bring your hand backwards and place the hands beside the head. The palms should be facing downwards.
  6. The palm and heel of each side should be in one straight line.
  7. Inhale slowly.
  8. Continue inhaling and press the palms and hand on the ground.
  9. Taking the support of the hands and legs, raise your shoulder, chest, abdomen, hips and thighs above the ground.
  10. The neck and back should be arched with the crown of your head resting firmly on the ground.
  11. Exhale and inhale a few time while at this position.
  12. Take a deep breath.
  13. Press your feet and palms on the ground while holding your breath.
  14. Taking the support of your hands and feet, slowly raise your head, shoulders, trunk, abdomen, hips and thighs to the optimum level.
  15. Your head should be hanging in between your shoulders.
  16. Make sure the elbows are not bent.
  17. Try to arch the body as much as possible.
  18. Hold your breath and stay in this position for about ten seconds.
  19. Exhaling gradually, bring the lower part of your body down and return to the starting position.


  • The pelvic and abdominal muscles gain strength with this pose.
  • Supine Chakrasana benefits all parts of the body.
  • The posture also helps strengthen the neck, arms, wrists, fingers, spine, backside, thighs, knees, ankles and feet.


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