Ardha Chakrasana - Half Wheel Pose

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In Sanskrit, Ardha means half, Chakra means wheel and asana means a pose.

How to do Ardha Chakrasana?

  • Stand straight with feet together and arms along the side of your body
  • Balance your body weight equally on both feet
  • Breathing in, extend your arms overhead, palms facing each other
  • Breathing out, gently bend upper part of your body backwards as far as you can, along with the arms in line with the ears, elbows and knee straight, head up
  • Hold. Breathing in, come back slowly to the standing position
  • Breathing out, bring the arms down and relax

Benefits of Ardha Chakrasana

  • Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles
  • Tones organs in the abdomen including digestive, excretory and reproductive organs
  • Tones the arms and shoulder muscles
  • Gives good shape to the body and corrects postural defects

Contraindication of Ardha Chakrasana

  • Those with serious neck, hip or spinal problems/ injuries should avoid this asana.
  • Those suffering from high blood pressure and brain ailments should avoid this pose.
  • Be cautious while doing this pose if you have vertigo.
  • Peptic or duodenal ulcer and hernia patients should avoid this pose.
  • Pregnant women should avoid this pose
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