Props always add fun and uniqueness to yoga practice making it more restorative and safe for us. Like all other props, yoga wheel is designed to provide a therapeutic and massaging effect to your body.
Constantly exploring adds new meaning to life, you keep on dreaming big and believe in the self to accomplish it. Trekking makes for a wonderful activity where you spend time exploring the gorgeous outdoors that makes you enveloped by breathtaking mountain ranges, winding trails, mesmeric views, and never-ending serenity. Whereas yoga takes you inward to explore the inner-self bringing awareness into existence, discovering the untapped self, and forming a connection with a spiritual being.
Take yoga to the trails for an enhanced experience to prepare the body and mind for the challenges thrown by Nature.
Trekkers and Hikers are well aware of both the advancement and difficulties of Trekking. To relish them all making challenges easy on your being prepare yourself with the help of yoga using yoga wheel. Learn about it deeply during 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh or at any other yoga hub.
Why Yoga before and during Trekking?
Incorporate yoga pose to your next hike and also prepare yourself with the practice before you touch the trail. Mountain Vistas, glistening lakes, fall foliage, lush forest- the sights along the trail are totally worthy. But beyond the satisfactory aesthetic reward, trekking experience becomes more enthralling with yoga. The practice builds flexibility, strength, stamina, stability, and keeps the entire being in balance. During Trekking in Nepal, it keeps the body warm and the mind strong for safe and successful completion of the expedition.
What is Yoga Wheel?
Yoga Wheel is among the most celebrated yoga props of the year 2019, and every practitioner swore by it crediting to its therapeutic and deep penetrating effects on the body during the practice. Yoga props always provide a helping hand to master the asanas. It is an amazing tool for warming up, enables safe movement into a backbend, stretching, inversion, support poses, releases tension, and adds a lot of fun to the sessions.
At first, using the prop seems challenging, but once you get into the practice, you encounter a lot of benefits, including:
- A yoga wheel is a versatile prop that treats forward curvature
- It breaks the stress out making you feel relaxed
- Yoga wheel strengthens the core and improves flexibility
- An amazing prop to flex the body
- Relieves back pain
Poses with Yoga Wheel helps in Trekking
Low Lunge Pose (Anjaneyasana)
- Stand straight on the mat with yoga wheel about 1-2 feet behind you.
- Now fold the left leg and place the top of your foot on the wheel top.
- Now extend the leg backward carefully and straighten it.
- At the same time bend the right knee in front, and slowly lower it down coming into a lunge pose.
- Keep the core tight, chest lifted, and ensure that the knee does not go past the toe.
- Beginners are advised to perform next to the wall, in case you find it difficult to balance initially.
- Hold for a few seconds, release, and then perform the same changing the legs.
Standing Forward Fold Pose (Uttanasana)
- Stand straight on the mat, placing the yoga wheel in front of you, Inhale.
- Exhale, and bend forward folding from your hips.
- Now hold the wheel with both the hands and touch the forehead on its top.
- Hold the pose for few second, and then move the wheel forward stretching hands.
- Stretch as much as you can, keeping the legs, spine, and hands straight.
- Hold it for a minute and then release the pose.
Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold Pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)
- Stand straight at the front of the mat in Tadasana with the yoga wheel in your hands.
- Breathe out and then take your right foot a step backward in a way that your body faces the long side of the mat.
- Breathe in and stretch the arms upward and then bring them backward with yoga wheel touching your hips.
- Breathe out and bend forward, folding from the hip joint.
- At the same time, bring your arms forward and let the yoga wheel touch the mat in front of you.
- Keep stretching the body until you bring the crown of your head touching to the ground lifting your hips to the ceiling.
- Keep the arms and legs straight and hold the pose for a minute while breathing deeply and slowly.
Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)
- Stand straight on the mat in the Tadasana, holding the yoga wheel in your right hand.
- Inhale, fold the right knee and lift the right leg in a way that the heel is placed towards the right hip.
- Now place the right foot (upper side) inside the wheel (touching inner part of the wheel).
- Balance the entire body weight on the left leg.
- Now lift the leg pulling the wheel upward and stretch it up to the head level.
- Now hold the wheel with both the hands, and hold the pose for balance.
- Now stretch the left arm in front of you and hold the pose again for a few seconds.
- Release and repeat on the other side.
Note: You can use two yoga wheels, depending on your practice level. Beginner performs the asanas beside the wall in case you need something to hold to maintain the balance. Advanced level yogis can stretch and place the left hand on the wheel placed in front of them.
Pyramid Pose (Ardha Parsvottanasana)
- Begin with being in the Mountain Pose and make sure to place yoga wheel in front of you.
- Now move the left foot forward and slightly stretch the right foot backward.
- Now bend forward over the left foot keeping your hands on the yoga wheel.
- Hold the pose for 15-30 seconds while breathing normally.
- Release and repeat the same on the other side.
Learn the variation and modification during 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh and keep practicing to make trekking in Nepal a blissful thrilling getaway.
Author Bio :
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes 200-hour yoga teacher training in Nepal. Bipin Baloni conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas, and Trekking in India.