5 Poses to Wheel

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.9 (42 votes)
If you're having issues with the player:

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 3 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 3 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?

Virginia Rego 1 year ago

I have the same situation - I can do the first four poses, and get into position for wheel, but feel like my arms are stuck and don't want to lift me. I can't even get onto my head! Is there a 4.5 pose?

Rachel Scott 1 year ago

Hallo hallo - this is common. It's hard to support you without being there (wait for the retreat!!!) but here are a couple thoughts in meantime. Take your hands wider. Turn your hands out. REALLY plug your shoulders on your back (think bridge, then place your hands. Use your legs more; the power of the legs - combined with the pulling IN of the upper back - is what makes you go up. See my youtube channel and search for wheel for more ideas (rachelscottyoga). XO

Wushuchick 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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!