5 Poses to Wheel

Intermediate II
(33 Reviews)
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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).


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  • Backbends
  • Legs and Feet


  • Hatha Yoga
May 13, 2018

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.

September 18, 2017

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?

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Virginia Rego
June 6, 2020

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?

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Rachel Scott
June 7, 2020

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

June 26, 2017

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!

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Rachel Scott
June 27, 2017

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 :)

January 28, 2016

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!

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Rachel Scott
January 29, 2016

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