I don’t do this pose often, but when I do, I do it on a concrete walkway in my friend’s front yard in Los Angeles on a lovely September afternoon. And when @juliemagnussen asks “can you kick your leg up?” you reply with no and do it anyway. #surprise
I have a complicated relationship with this pose. Most of the time I love it, others it terrifies me. Not because I don’t think I can do it, but because of all that it releases. I’m also afraid that my hands will be too sweaty and I’ll slip. It’s entirely possible.
But the benefits of this pose are too great not to do it. Backbending can help reverse the effects of “tech neck”. That awful inward hunching posture we develop as a result of looking down at our phones, ipads and computer screens. This helps alleviate the tension in the cervical (neck) spine and opens the shoulders and upper back. It also opens the front body, which is more yin, meaning it releases a labyrinth of emotions. It stretches the organs and digestive tract, decompresses spinal discs, stretches the spinal cord and is rather invigorating.
The meridians that are most active in this posture are Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Pericardium and Lung. Which emotionally corresponds with worry, joy and grief. That’s… a tangled web.
Wheel pose definitely will help you release some of those feelings of Sunday Scaries, though wouldn’t start with this one right off bat.
Have you done this pose before?