The wheel pose.
Strength in the arms.
In this post, I am continuing with the second part of my training to attain a beautiful wheel, or Urdhva Dhanurasana. I find this inverted posture to be very demanding, and it continues to defeat me, but I am determined to keep practising it to improve and evolve.
In the first post, I told you that this asana, like all asanas in yoga, requires not only physical, but also mental, commitment. I continue working on progressing and overcoming my limitations, since the inverted posture of the wheel brings you face to face with a different perspective and requires a lot of strength, elasticity and openness in the chest. I am trying to see it as nothing more than another obstacle to overcome through practice and consistency, ignoring the scepticism that sometimes accompanies me. As I mentioned in the first part, something as silly as remembering moments from my childhood, when the wheel was a playful pose, which required no particular strength, motivates me. I think… if my body has already been there, surely sooner or later it will achieve it again.
In this second post, I will continue to show you how to work on the physical parts involved. I have to continue preparing my body and the three key points needed -that I have been told- to execute Urdhva Dhanurasana correctly: openness in the chest, which I explained in the first part; flexibility in the hips, which you can see in this post; and strength in the arms, which I am sharing with you today.
I have chosen a video format to show and explain each step, sharing my self-practice with you, showing you how I strengthen my arms to achieve one of the most demanding postures from the first series of Mysore Ashtanga.
As you can see, I have not made huge progress, but I am happy with my evolution because I am starting to feel really strong.
I hope you enjoy the video. I would love to see how you practise the wheel and other yoga postures or sequences with the hashtag #YogaUnEstiloDeVida. Go for it!