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Studio / June 2017
Danielle Rines, Global Newsroom

How to Master Wheel Pose

If you’re a yogi, you know the amazing sense of accomplishment you feel after nailing a tough pose. After months of stretching, taking classes and working on your breathing, you worked your ass off and it feels good.

In celebration of International Yoga Day, we’re choosing a tough pose and breaking down the moves, as our gift to you.

While yoga is about having a set of skills you can continue to build upon to get better, it can be difficult to know the steps to take for each pose you want to master. 

With so many poses to learn, where do you start?

So we’ve enlisted Yoga instructor Jacquelyn Umof, to give a few tips and prep poses to help you tackle your next tough move; the wheel pose. She says wheel pose can be a difficult one particularly because it requires strength from so many different areas of the body. 

“Plus being upside down is always difficult,” she adds. 

Umof says once you learn wheel pose, the benefits make it worth it.

“This pose stretches and strengthens at the same time, which is a very invigorating feeling,” she says. 

“It also helps you breathe better, since you're stretching all of the muscles that you need to breathe.”  

To nail your wheel pose, Umof broke down the prep work you’ll need to put in. 

Prep Poses:

Bridge Pose: Opens the fronts of the thighs and hips, and provides a sturdy foundation training on where your feet, legs, and hips need to be in wheel pose. 

Shoulder Presses in Plank: This exercise helps you to strengthen and lengthen the lat muscles, which need to be elongated and engaged when you are in wheel pose. 

Wheel Pose Breakdown: How to get into the pose: Starting the pose first on your head allows you to adjust to being inverted, especially if you are a beginner. Continue to draw the elbows and knees towards the midline of the body, and lengthen tailbone towards heels.  

Yoga provides a great mix of strengthening techniques, flexibility and balance that gives all of your muscles a chance to burn post class.

Just the kind of workout we want!

“There is a lot of control that needs to happen when doing yoga poses,” says Umof.

“Yes you need flexibility for yoga, but you also have to engage muscles too to balance the flexibility in order to do a pose. Consequently you are working your arms, triceps, shoulders, core, inner thighs, hamstrings, and more.“

But we can all agree it’s the added mental benefit of yoga that keeps people coming back for more.

Umof says there are two things that set yoga apart from other forms of fitness, “Mindfulness and connection to your breath.”

The connection to yourself and how you’re feeling helps to take away your stress and can leave you feeling centered and strong.

Now that you’ve taken on wheel pose, there’s no stopping you from becoming a seasoned yogi! 

Did these tips help you master your wheel pose? Tweet @ReebokWomen and show us how!

Studio / June 2017
Danielle Rines, Global Newsroom
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