Full Wheel Pose (Purna Chakrasana)
Now, kiddies, the Full Wheel Pose is not the regular Wheel pose, where one bridges (back bends) foot to hands. This is a step beyond. This is the place backs don’t go without special permission from the Yoga Gods, or surgeons into S and M.
Doing this will either cure your back, or…not quite cure it…forever.
But, if you insist, then do the regular wheel pose, bend over backswards so that the back bridge extends form the hands to the feet. Do this a lot, practice ‘walking’ the hands back towards the heels. Eventually, you can grab your ankles, and there you are.
I will say that in addition to the spine, the shoulders will tend to get a lot of stretch.
The benefits of being able to do this pose, besides getting tips at a fandango, include stretching the chest and the lungs.
Also, you will strengthen the whole body from arms to buttocks to heels, and especially the spine. Your thyroid and your pituitary are going to be singing hosannas, and back pain, believe it or not, will be a thing of the far distant past.
It goes almost without saying, of course, that people with back injuries should probably not even look at pictures of this brute. Also, headaches and heart problems and even blood pressure problems should exclude you from the fun.
Now, if you insist, you might want to get a high ottoman, or maybe build a tall stool, or just be short yourself, and lay on it backwards. Let the arms and and legs dangle, and focus all your attention on relaxing, and letting the weight of your arms and legs give bend to the back.
Now, in spite of my warnings, this is a great pose, just not for the fool hardy. It takes great skill and patience to master this Yoga asana.
Remember: Relax. Breath. Enjoy.
This has been a page about the Full Wheel Pose, otherwise known as Purna Chakrasana.