This Asana has come through tradition. 'Cakra' means 'wheel'. In this Asana
the whole body is given the shape of a wheel or half a wheel, hence it is
called Cakrasan. The following technique of Cakrasana has been described
first by Swami Kuvalayanandaji.
- Stand erect with legs together, toes together, hands by the side
of the thighs, gaze in front.
- Slowly raise your one hand (right) from
the side and bring it parallel to your shoulder, hands straight. Palms facing
- In the same position turn the palm towards sky.
raising your hands upward and let the arms touch the ear. Fingers will point towards
- Now start bending laterally towards left side. Looseen the left
part of your body. The left hand will go slope down from the thigh together with
- After maintaining for some time, slowly return your hands
and stand erect.
- Similarly practise it from other side. This forms
one complete round of cakrasana.
Benefits and Limitations:-
bending do not bend forward or backward. Only the upper part of the waist will
bend laterally either towards left or right.
- Do not start bending before
hand is completely straight upward.
- While practising Asana gaze in
minimises the stiffness of spine and connected nerves are made strong.
side muscles are also made strong.
- Those suffering from spondilitis
should practise it carefully.