Urdhva Dhanurasna (wheel pose, upward bow pose or simply a more advanced backbend) is both an iconic pose in the yoga world and yet quite terrifying for some! We look at it and think gymnast and circus acrobats when we see this pose, we often don’t see ourselves there or we tell ourselves its not possible. Anything is possible!

Your yoga practise, is just that, it’s the journey to wherever you need to go and not the goal of thinking you need to be there. So prepare yourself slowly for this pose by opening your shoulders and the upper back as well as finding space along the front of your body.

Include poses that work your body progressively into a backbend (sphinx, cobra, upward facing dog) and incorporate these into your daily practise. Give it a month and with this regular practise and you too will be enjoying wheel pose! Enjoy the journey…Namaste


  • Deep stretch to the chest
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine.
  • Helps to stimulate the thyroid and pituitary glands.
  • Increases energy and reduces depression.