Friday, October 18, 2013

The Wheel of Fortune

Having tight abs is a big draw these days, but many people are clueless about how to get them and keep them, healthfully. Among the countless health benefits of the Upward Facing Bow or Wheel Pose (Chakrasana) is a toning and strengthening of the abdominal muscles, along with those of the arms, wrists, legs, chest and shoulders. So if you do this pose regularly you can expect more definition in all these areas of your body, especially your abs.

Even more, the wheel pose has built in anti-aging benefits. It is commonplace for older folks to lose muscle elasticity and range of movement, leading to a slow, stiff gait and hunched stature. This does not have to be your norm, however. In practicing this pose daily, you can actually lengthen the vertebrae in your spine and increase its flexibility. Making you, in effect, grow younger every day!

For those with asthma or respiratory issues, Wheel Pose is an excellent therapy. Due to the immense stretch it creates in your ribcage, more oxygen reaches the lungs and hence, improves the functioning of this vital organ. Another benefit of this stretch is in increase in the hormone secretions necessary for proper functioning of the reproductive organs. So if you have infertility issues, try this pose as a way to balance your hormones and increase fertility.

A great pose to bring about harmony of the mind and spirit, this asana balances all the meridians of your body and vitalizes your chakras, especially the heart chakra. Wheel is the pose for fortune in love. It opens your heart physically and spiritually, by increasing blood flow and energy to this area. According to, poses that are "heart openers are intended to cure any broken hearts from our past, while allowing ourselves new opportunities for love."

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