5 Poses to Wheel

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.9 (37 votes)
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You couldn't ask for a better lead up to wheel in such a short amount of time. Rachel is so thorough and careful with which poses she chooses, ending up with a class that releases the key muscles to allow your body to open up into Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel pose).

Equipment: None
Style: Hatha Yoga


Irishlove 2 years ago

Thank you, Rachel. I found your 5 postures very good and loved being back in wheel after being seriously injured in a car crash. I added some twists and a forward bend after to neutralise my spine. Namaste from Ireland.

afigurski 2 years ago

Thank you Rachel for your clear instruction and great preparation poses. I am struggling to get into the wheel, it feels like I don't have the strength in my arms (or perhaps flexibility in my shoulders). I get stuck on my head, and cant seem to get my arms extended. Do you have any suggestions of more preparation poses I could do to work on this so I can get to wheel someday?

Wushuchick 2 years ago

This felt amazing after yet another long day sitting for 8 hours straight at the office. This flow was awesome to follow, even if dolphin kicked my butt more than wheel did!

Rachel Scott 2 years ago

Haha! Yes, dolphin pose is so hard!!!
I'm so glad that you enjoyed the flow - wheel pose is such a good antidote to daily life :)

Arleah 4 years ago

feels so good after doing it.. i didn't feel any pain in my wrists..so glad to know that my body is capable of doing it. :D you are such a good teacher!

Rachel Scott 4 years ago

Hi, I'm so happy that your wrists felt okay! It definitely can be a tough one on the hands. So happy you enjoyed!

Evie Jenkins 4 years ago

This is a great video and I can successfully do a wheel, however I find that after I do the wheel, my wrists and hands hurt and I can not continue doing yoga until a few hours have passed for my wrists/hands to rest. Do you know of any way that I can fix this? Thank you!

Rachel Scott 4 years ago

Hi Evie!
This is a common issue with the pose, as it demands that we use a lot of wrist flexion. Check out this video that I took during a teacher training where we offer blocks as a modification . You tilt them up the wall to take pressure off the wrists. Feels great in the shoulders too. And don't worry - they won't slip! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HlY44jOplc Let me know how it goes!

Couldn't do the wheel this time but will continue to try. Too weak in my arms and stiff in my hip flexors and back.

Rachel Scott 4 years ago

Wheel is a big pose! Keep working on the prep postures and you'll find you're body will shift. It can often take months to feel the change. Persistence and patience is everything :)