5 Poses to Wheel

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Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.9 (36 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).

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Style: Hatha Yoga


You are an amazing teacher!
linjenn 3 years ago

You are an amazing teacher! After practicing yoga regularly for 3 years, I was finally able to do my first wheel pose ever! I was so excited, I had to redo the pose to make sure it wasn't a fluke! Thank you!

Rachel Scott 3 years ago

Hi there, that's amazing!! Congratulations! It's so satisfying when we find these little cues that sometimes transform our ability to do something! Yay, keep playing with it, happy to hear that this pathway in worked for you :) Rachel

I haven't regularly done the
vintage liza 3 years ago

I haven't regularly done the titular pose since participating in gymnastics as a child and generally considered it a thing of the past. Imagine how surprised I was to find myself *easily* popping up into wheel at the end of this class! Sure, it's not the prettiest wheel anyone's ever seen but the boost I've gotten from these past few weeks from unearthing what I thought was a gone-for-good asana is gorgeous!

Rachel Scott 3 years ago

It's always inspiring to find that these poses are still in there! A little work, a little patience, who knows what we may find :) thanks for watching! Rachel

Thank you
S1hooky 3 years ago

Quite speechless. I have just done my first wheel in my adult life.

Rachel-- Your classes are
erwilson 3 years ago

Rachel-- Your classes are amazing. I love your clear teaching style and wish you had more classes! In this class during pose number 4 (thigh stretch) the top of my foot really hurts and I have to come out of the pose. Any suggestions on what I could be doing wrong in tucking my foot under my body to stretch the thigh? I don't feel a thigh stretch all I feel is pain in the top of my foot, ouch. Other than that issue this is a great class to prepare for wheel and I enjoyed it.

Foot in supta virasana
Rachel Scott 3 years ago

Hi there!
This is a great question - and quite a common complaint in this pose! It can be addressed by adding some cushioning under the ankle. If adding a blanket under the hips and legs alone doesn't add quite enough cushioning, then roll up a tee towel or washcloth and place the roll directly under the ankle joint to help lift the ankle from the mat so that the top of the foot isn't pressing down so much. See if that helps! If it doesn't, then do this pose on your side, one leg at a time to stretch the quad. Easy fix :) Let me know how it goes!

Fast paced, but easy to follow
FrodoMikky 3 years ago

I enjoyed this class because it quickly lead to Wheel pose. The only thing missing was a warm up time, so if your muscles aren't warm before doing this class, I'd recommend warming up. It was a good, easy, quick class, and I enjoyed it. Thank you Rachel!

Warm up
Rachel Scott 3 years ago

Hi FrodoMikky- that's a great observation! We do just kind of jump in there :) Some brisk sun salutations might do the trick!