Wheel Pose, or Urdhva Dhanurasana in Sanskrit, is a stimulating backbending posture that can boost your mood, elevate your energy, and strengthen your entire body. This pose is an extension of Bridge Pose and requires more shoulder strength and flexibility in order to hold the weight of the body up. It can create feelings of well-being by opening the heart upward.
The posture is also sometimes called “Upward Bow Pose”, as it is very similar to Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), only upside-down! The actual Sanskrit translation is this as well.
It is essential to make sure your spine, shoulders, and hips are thoroughly warmed up before attempting this posture.