#WellnessWednesday - Yoga For Life: Week 2

Urdhva Dhanurasana/Wheel/Upward Facing Bow

Welcome to our #WellnessWednesday yoga primer. Yoga is a wonderful way to become attuned to your body and increase circulation and flexibility. Each week I'll offer you a pose with benefits and instruction. 

 

Week 2: Urdhva Dhanurasana/Wheel/Upward Facing Bow

 

Benefits:

Opens whole front of the body as well as pelvis and inner organs. Also opens lungs. 

Spine curves and lengthens. 

Strengthens the shoulders, legs and back. 

Builds strength. 

 

Foundation & General Alignment:

Fingers spread wide, fingertips heavy, rim of palm sealed. 

Feet parallel. 

Even curve in the spine.

Buttocks toned but not gripping. 

Side body long, chest open. 

Curve in the neck, ears between the upper arms. 

 

Common Problems:

Feet turned out, rolling out on feet or knees wider than the ankles.

Hands too close together or too wide apart.

Buttocks gripping- narrows low back. 

 

Modifications:

Turn hands out slightly if you have stuff shoulders. 

Block between shins or upper thighs. 

Lift heels. 

Do not engage in if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, wrist, back, disc problems, OR if you're in the late stages of pregnancy

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