Yoga Wheel - next step in your Yoga Practice
The yoga wheel is marketed to offer instant back pain relief, allow you to target core muscles, and build up strength and balance where it wasn’t before.
So what exactly is it and why is everyone so excited about it?
Lets dive in and learn through everything you need to know about yoga wheels:
- what are the benefits of the yoga wheel
- are yoga wheels safe
- is a yoga wheel worth it.
So What is A Yoga Wheel?
Yoga wheels are a circular hollow prop for yogis, around 13cm wide, with a thickness of 1.6cm.
Initially created by Sri Dharma Mittra, the idea has been picked up by his son Dov Vargas and turned into the revolutionary yoga accessory – the Dharma yoga wheel. In recent years, a yoga wheel has gained wide recognition among yogis, athletes as well as many celebrities, and many companies have adopted the design for their yoga props.
What yoga wheel is used for?
It’s great to warm up your body and stretch your muscles before or after your yoga flow.
You may be wondering why there is so much hype surrounding this tool and what the differentiating factor is.
On the most superficial level, the yoga wheel can be given credit for being an extremely creative yoga prop.
When it comes to utility, it’s quite simple to gauge. A yoga wheel helps in shaping and toning the contours of the body and is useful especially when performing back-bending. It also makes the hard-to-reach areas lengthier. We are talking about points such as the neck, shoulders, chest, spine, hip flexors, etc.
For a Beginner
You can just start with simple movements on the wheel to help with:
- Enhancing backbends and opening the chest
- Rolling on it to massage the spine
The best advice I can offer for any newbies to the yoga wheel is to go online and check out the “how to…” user guides and have a play around and have some fun!
Using a yoga wheel to build strength
If your regular yoga routine has become slightly mundane for you and you want to ramp it up with challenging elements, integrating balance work or eve burning your core is a good idea.
Using a yoga wheel to enhance flexibility
Even if you just position your back against the yoga wheel, your entire frontal body enjoys a good stretch, and space is created in your chest and abdominal muscles.
However, do leverage its circular design, which is an asset for those who want to experiment with their poses.
The yoga wheel is useful for practitioners of any level.
Contrary to the yoga strap (which you use to get rid of eventually), the yoga wheel is an excellent aid for beginners who need help in more advanced yoga poses. And, it has immense potential for advanced yogis who can use the yoga wheel to up level their yoga practice, making challenging yoga poses even harder.
It Can Help Prevent Injury
'Many years ago, yoga tools were back-forbiddance, but this tool has been developed in a way to work with your body, and one of the brilliant things about them is that they can help to prevent injury.'
Think of the wheel as scaffolding for your body - it can help keep you upright and lends the support that's lacking during traditional poses without props.
It Can Help Relive Aches And Pains
When you're in pain, the last thing you want to do is work up a sweat, but you might want to put the paracetamol down for a second, practicing gentle poses with a yoga wheel has the clever ability to soothe away soreness and discomfort.
Certain poses with a yoga wheel (more on those later) can help diminish any aches and pains at the front of the body including the abdomen, chest, shoulders and hips.
It's also brilliant for easing back pain and works wonders to massage the length of your spine - no professional masseuse needed.
Is Yoga Wheel Safe?
Many yoga wheels come with detailed instructions and pose guide to get you started.
Besides, Instagram is a great place to explore the poses with a yoga wheel and their variations.
That said, know what your body can do and what it can’t. The bodies are different, and not every pose is accessible to everyone.
I know that yoga might seem like the safest practice ever. But, just as any physical activity, it can result in some nasty injuries.
So if you feel your quads and back don’t have enough strength and flexibility yet, don’t rush to do a Full Pigeon pose with a yoga wheel. Or if you have osteoporosis or previously suffered an injury, do yourself a favor and check with the doctor before getting into backbends and other extreme poses with the yoga wheel.
Exercise even more caution with tricky balances and inversions. Some yoga wheels can be less stable than others, so don’t try to hop on it and imitate the trendy yoga poses you’ve seen on Instagram. There is always a risk of losing balance and injury.
The same goes for headstands, forearm stands, and other advanced inversions. Yoga wheels are insanely helpful when mastering upside-down poses, but they in no way substitute a yoga instructor. If you’ve never done the pose before, it’s always a good idea to get professional guidance first.
Do your best to ignore your ego that keeps comparing you to supple yoga models on the Internet. Work at your own pace, and you can rest assured that there’s only one thing safer than playing with your yoga wheel – lying in bed.
Environmentalists rejoice! Check out Our Yoga Wheel
Our yoga wheel is made from recycled materials. It is made with an extra thick cork material which also happens to be antimicrobial. This is a great and affordable option.
For those yogis who are always on the go, this is a great lightweight and portable wheel. It will easily fit into your gym bag or carry on luggage.
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