ARDHA CHAKRASANA – THE HALF WHEEL POSTURE

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Description :
Ardha chakrasana in sanskrit means “Half wheel pose”. The bend from the waist sideways resembles, half wheel and hence the name.

Health Benefits :
Elasticity of lateral region increases.
Lateral thoracic muscles are stretched and blood supply to them increases.
Hip joints become flexible and excess fat around the waist reduces.
Relieves from back pain, constipation and good for flat foot.
Helps to clear blockages in the lungs and improve breathing.

Step1 :

Stand firmly along with legs together (as in Tadasana).  Press the heels and feet on the floor.

Step2 :

Slowly stretch and raise the right arm above the head and extend with inhalation

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Step3 :

Exhale slowly and move the trunk and right arm towards left side .  the ear will touch the right upper arm.  The left hand should be sided on left leg thigh.

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Step4 :

Stay in this position for 15 to 30 seconds with normal breathing.

Step5 : 

Inhale, slowly move the trunk and arm in order to come back to the normal position.

Step6 :

Repeat the same be bending on the other side.

Step7 :

Practice this exercise two times on both the sides.

Note :
Pull the body up from the waist before and after going into the pose. Do not allow the trunk to tilt front or back. Bend laterally.

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