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get comfortable in wheel pose first (make sure you're comfortable with your shoulders directly above your wrists, this adds so much more intensity to the backbend).

then get comfortable in wheel with straight legs. (so like the pic of this pose, but with straight arms). move on from there!


This pose fascinates me, but I am afraid to try it. What "prerequisites" should one have to practice this pose? I can do backbend with straight arms, but only hold it 5 breaths or so before I have to come out.


Can we please have a video demo of this one? Thanks


Gives such an energy boost! Great asana!


Good for you if it's easy !! I cannot do,because my my lower back !,only with chair


Yes, this is a great discription. This pose looks so scary, but it's actualy quite easy


This is Great!! I try this pose all the time. It's quite Easy xD


who wrote this?
Whoever it is deserves credit and we deserve to know


As in the cautions this pose is not for any one suffering with neck problems. I too have tried it and have given up on it due to the pain I feel in my neck. I just continue to perform staff pose and don't stress out that I might be the only one in class not doing Upward Staff pose. Enjoy what you can do.

Debi Lewis

For some reason, I find this one easier to do than wheel - actually fun. Must be the wrist factor.

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