Half Wheel Pose - Ardha Chakrasana
Half Wheel Pose or Ardha Chakrasana (ar-dhah chah-KRAH-sah-nah) is a beginner level standing backbend posture. Ardha chakrasana is formed of three Sanskrit terms where, ‘Ardha” means “half’, “chakra” is “wheel” and “asana” refers to “pose”.
This pose is much easier than Chakrasana, that’s why those who have a stiff back should attempt this first before going on to the more difficult Full Wheel pose.
This yoga posture is good for flexibility of the back and neck. It strengthens the back muscles and tones the organs in the abdomen, improving their functions.
- Body Position: Backbend Yoga Poses, Standing Yoga Poses
- By Type: Balancing Yoga Poses, Chest Opening Yoga Poses, Flexibility Yoga Poses, Strengthening Yoga Poses
- : Difficulty
- Difficulty: Intermediate
Benefits and Contraindications
Opens the chest and lungs
Strengthens the back
Stretches the abdominal organs and stimulates digestion
Increases spinal flexibility
Neck, spine, or hip injury
High blood pressure
Photo poses in different angles
Modifications, Props and Tips
- To lessen the intensity of the pose, bring your hands to your lower back, supporting yourself with your palms. Make sure that you are lifting out of your chest rather and not crunching in your lower back.
- To increase the challenge: Bend your head back and continue gently arching your spine into a deeper backbend.
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