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YOGABODY: Ashtanga Yoga / Chakrasana Pose



This posture is very simple, but people get a little carried away with it and try to go too quickly. You’ll see children on the playground doing backward rolls all the time and never hurting themselves, but over-eager yoga students tense up and try to make this into more than it is… it’s very simple.

1. Lie on your back

2. Hands under shoulders just like in wheel pose

3. Roll your feet over your head and touch the ground with your flexed toes

(note: if you can’t touch your feet, you’re not ready for this transition posture)

4. On the 3rd trial roll, rock a little faster, push hard into your hands, and go all the way over

1. Do NOT allow your body to roll to one side or other other… it’s all the way over (straight) or nothing

2. Don’t hold your breath or grit your teeth

3. Just relax and let your body be limp

All for today…

Stay bendy,


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  1. Taylor wrote
    at 7:10 am - 26th March 2009 Permalink

    Great post, thanks for the info

  2. Marty wrote
    at 12:09 am - 8th August 2010 Permalink

    I agree that some Yoga student were over-eager to do this and failed to remember essential things. It is good that you post this for a reminder for all. We should not hurry the process it would just lead us to troubles even on simple things.

  3. Charice wrote
    at 8:55 am - 12th August 2010 Permalink

    These tips are really a great help to me, I have been looking at sites for this and gladly I found it here. Great demonstration in the videos, very well demonstrated with the steps you write.Keep Posting.