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The Yoga Wheel Pose Challenge

 

What is a Yoga Wheel Pose?

A wheel pose is the ultimate combination of strength, flexibility, and stability. The wheel pose is one of the most challenging poses to hold in yoga because it is not a position our bodies are accustomed to doing throughout everyday daily life.  The wheel pose benefits are opening up the chest and shoulders and creating space in the spine and upper back.  This excellent pose is often referred to as the fountain of youth due to how one feels after performing it.

How to Do a Wheel Pose?

Sam Abraham gives full instructions in the video above on getting and out of a wheel pose.  There is not an exact science to performing this pose.  What matters is safety and proper form.  First, you want to stack two blocks on top of each other.  Lie down and place the blocks between your shoulder blades.  Hold for about six breaths with your arms extended above your head.  You can also bend the knees, moving them side to side, and then straighten your legs.  This will give you a nice stretch. 

After six breaths, move the blocks and lie with your back on the floor, knees up.  Touch your hands to your heels to make sure your legs are not too far away.  Put your hands by your ears, elbows to the ceiling. Inhale and come into a bridge pose.  Exhale and lift yourself to the crown of your head.  Once you are stable in a bridge pose, inhale, and then lift yourself into a wheel pose as you exhale.  Press with your heels, squeeze your glutes, activate your core muscles, and let your heart come forward.  It’s the heart that comes forward toward the ceiling, not the head.

Posting Your Wheel Pose Challenge on the Active Aging Facebook Group

Inspire others by posting a video of you doing the Wheel Pose Challenge on our Active Aging Facebook Group.  The only credential is you have to be 55+ to pose your video.  Active Aging is a community of people who support each other to live the best life in their golden years! By changing ourselves, we can change the world.  Changing one's self starts with fitness and nutrition, assuring our bodies are in the best shape possible to fuel our mind and soul. Collectively, our mission is to improve our entire generation to help future generations to come.  Here is a link for more Active Aging Challenges.

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Wheel Pose Leader Board By Age Class

55-65 Years Old

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66-75 Years Old

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76-85 Years Old

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86+ Years Old

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