What Is a Yoga Wheel?
You’ve seen them pop up everywhere: from yoga classes, festivals, social media, and even workshops. The yoga wheel appears to be the latest craze in yoga. But do they really do anything besides making a nice prop for pretty Instagram pictures?
Watch the funny video below to understand exactly what a yoga wheel does, along with five yoga poses you can use with one to enhance your practice. You’ll also see other uses for a yoga wheel, even if you decide it doesn’t fit into your daily yoga (hint: it makes an excellent alternative cat bed…)
Watch below and try not to laugh!
Being that yoga is so diverse in its offerings many trends and devices have been introduced to the yoga community that claims to do something to improve your yoga form or general practice. Yet, we yogis know that the more we are introduced the more we start to oppose questions such as:
1. What is its purpose?
2. How can it be used to enhance my practice?
3. Will there be any improvement in my poses?
So what exactly is the yoga wheel? It is a circular hand-crafted device that aids in deepening stretches, opens up the front of the body, increases flexibility, massages the spine, strengthens the whole body, challenges balance, and also aids in doing poses that include inversions, arm balances, and heart-openers.
How do you find the right wheel for you?
We’re huge fans of the wheel featured in this article by ZURA, for a few reasons:
- Features unique massaging raised acupressure points. When it comes in contact with your body, it helps increase circulation throughout your skin and muscles and helps break up toxins in your body.
- Eco-friendly material made from BPA-free plastic and recycled rubber.
- Extra wide 5.75-inch width to support your entire back and limbs.
- Sweat-resistant and antibacterial
- Supports up to 300 lbs
But there are plenty of other wheels out there, such as:
Why Do I Need a Yoga Wheel in My Practice?
Of course, you don’t necessarily need anything in your practice besides yourself, but think of the yoga wheel as a tool that can help you break new ground with your poses, much like yoga blocks. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced with your asanas, this accessory can easily be added to your routine and become your new sidekick. You might be thinking how can this be true from something so simple as a wheel?
In each progression phase, the focus is to flow safely with as much ease as possible during the course of doing the yoga poses. A wheel helps you target different muscle groups and can be an excellent tool for both stretching and strength training
It’s Also Doctor Recommended
According to Dr. Frank Scali, M.D., D.C.: “When used appropriately, the ZURA Yoga Wheel stretches abdominal and hip flexors without hyperextending the muscles of the spine. Not only does its wide width train core stabilizer muscles (to develop strength and balance), but its revolutionary acupressure surface stimulates paraspinal mechanoreceptors and triggers sensory proprioception fibers. Signaling mechanoreceptors overrides nociception (pain) and training proprioceptive neurons is a key component in developing body awareness. I highly recommend this wheel not just for yoga, but for restorative purposes as well, since this combination decreases the chance of injury in normal day-to-day activities.”
Yoga Wheel Poses
The wheel is created to be used for a series of different functions during the practice. Most yoga poses utilize the entire body from the back, chest, shoulders, hips, legs, arms, and core to name a few. Some yoga poses can be explored in different ways with the use of the wheel, inviting you to seek out new possibility in your practice.
1. Heart Opener: Triangle
2. Inversion & Hip Opener: Scorpion
3. Balancing & Core Strengthener: Forward Fold
4. Arm Strengthener: Crescent Lunge
5. Ham String Stretch: Full Pigeon Pose
This tool proves not only to take the aggravation and uncomfortable anticipation out of the challenge in the pose but also provides your body with a way to center itself in balance to find a deeper level of the pose performed. In the above poses mentioned where a great tip is to grasp onto the side of the wheel that is closer to you instead of the furthest because you can chance improper form that is prone to injury.
Ultimately, the yoga wheel is unique and its shape and functionality make it perfect for anybody who is on-the-go practicing at home or even those who want to take it to class. This is a yoga trend that proves to be something more than a gimmick and it seems like it will be around for a long time! So go ahead, take your yoga level to the next step and get yourself a yoga wheel to move you purposefully.
Get the ZURA Wheel Today
What makes the ZURA wheel unique are its raised acupressure points that help stimulate blood circulation and relieve tension. It also can hold up to 300 pounds and is made of antibacterial, sweat-resistent material that’s non-toxic and also eco-friendly!