Yoga wheels and how they transformed my practice!
I couldn’t be more grateful to have been introduced to the DharmaYoga Wheel almost one year ago. It has transformed my practice, deepened my back bends and totally made me rethink about the importance of opening the heart. What’s not to love about the Yoga Wheel?
Below I am listing just few of the benefits of using a Yoga Wheel:
Spinal Massage and Mobility
Give your spine some love with a yoga wheel! Have you ever used a block or a bolster beneath your spine for a supported heart opener? Take that great feeling, and then multiply it with a yoga wheel that’s round and can move with the contours of your spine.
With that added benefit of movement, you can massage the spine by rolling the wheel up and down the length of your spinal column. Or, if you’re looking more for a backbend, find a static hold with the center/upper part of your spine on the wheel. This stretch is a great way to counteract the negative effects of our sedentary lifestyle.
From a seated position, bring the yoga wheel to the base of your spine and keep your feet planted as you gently begin to roll your spine up and onto the wheel. From here, you can play around with slowly rolling forward and back to get the full effects of a spinal massage.
Stretch and Lengthen Full Body
The same position mentioned above can be the foundation for other uses too. From there, roll the wheel onto the upper spine and then reach the hands up and back to grab onto the wheel behind your head. This is a great way to stretch and open the shoulders, as well as release tension in the head, neck, and upper spine.
Strengthen and Tone Full Body
There are a lot of fun and dynamic ways to move with your yoga wheel to strengthen and tone full body. You can target specific parts of the body, like the core, glutes, and legs, or you can focus on the upper or lower body as a whole.
Core and upper body can be targeted simultaneously when you come into a modified Plank Pose with both shins on the yoga wheel. From there, simply roll the wheel forward as you bring your body into a pike-like position, and then roll the wheel back into full plank. Repeat to strengthen and tone abs, arms, and chest.
Improve Balance and Stability
Balance has a lot to do with core stability and all the little stabilizing muscles in the body. Yoga wheels can definitely help cultivate the strength and stability you need for balance! Many poses and exercises that you would do normally can be enhanced with a yoga wheel to cultivate even more balance, stability, and agility.
Deepen Your Yoga Practice Overall
Yoga wheels are a great support system as you work to deepen your yoga practice. From this article, we know yoga wheels can support us in backbends, cultivate more flexibility and balance, and also strengthen and tone full body.
The yoga wheel combines strength and flexibility for a full mind-body challenge – and workout. Get creative and explore the ways you can incorporate a yoga wheel into your favorite yoga poses, stretches, and exercises.
Add a Yoga Wheel to Your Yoga Lifestyle
Yoga wheels are super fun and beneficial with so many diverse ways to use them. Yoga wheels are a great way to deepen your practice – from balance, to building strength, and aiding in advanced poses) – and offer therapeutic benefits to create space in the body, massage the spine, and of course . . . cultivate creativity and have fun!
Looking for more inspiration? We recommend exploring Instagram. Use the hashtag #yogawheel to find endless inspiration and guidance on all the amazing ways you can incorporate this awesome yoga prop into your daily fitness and wellness routine.