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Supposed to inhale into back bends? Who told you that? Ofcourse you can inhale. You can also exhale, or keep breathing. Better to be able to breathe in different ways to enable more freedom when going deeper into exploration of postures.


I thought you were supposed to inhale into back bend poses?


I agree with Maya.I love this pose.It will relieve my backache with just 3 times.


I keep attempting this pose but every time I try I get a pain in my left side in my kidney area. I have scoliosis so my spine and ribs are a little twisted, but I used to be in Gymnastics and we did back bends all the time but it never gave me problems then. Any ideas or modifications?


maybe placing your awareness into using the strength of the legs(quads) more to power you up into the pose...remembering to ground firmly through the big toes.
After a shoulder injury, I had to re think how I could work with the pose to avoid the temptation to push up with the arms.


i think this is my favorite pose from yoga because it helps my back alot


If you have trouble pushing up with your arms you can shift your balance a little so your arms do not have to lift as much weight. With the crown of your head on the floor (the wrestlers neck bridge) let your knees and hips rock forward gently toward your feet while you push with your arms. When your arms are straight you can rock back toward you head, deepening the pose.


I seem to have extreme difficulty getting my shoulders off the ground and my arms to straighten when I attempt wheel? Any suggestions?

Nina Boasso

Thanks dyogig! Going into and out of a pose is crucial because if this is not done with dignity, you are a target for injury.


funny enough, i just learned the proper way to come out of this pose after a year or so. When you are in full wheel pose (as the picture above) to come out of it: (1) tuck your chin to your chest; (2) slowly bend your arms to come down; finally, (3) set your head, neck, back then arms down. Hope that helps!

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