The Chakrasana is backbend pose in yoga and is the first post of a finishing sequence detailed in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga introduced in the 20th century.
The Chakra part of the name translates to the wheel, given that when the pose is carried out, the curvature of the body is reminiscent of a wheel.
The Chakrasana is also referred to as the Facing Bow Pose and can be beneficial in relieving tensions and reducing stress.
The physical benefits of the Chakrasana are the strengthening of muscles in the back, the building of muscle in the calves.
Those looking to carry out the Chakrasana need to ensure that both hands and feet are placed on the floor.
The abdomen is then pushed upwards, giving the body appearance of a bow. Although the Chakrasana can be transitioned to from a supine position, those who are learning the pose for the first time can enter the pose from a less rigorous pose.
Those that are more experienced with yoga may choose to enter the Chakrasana from the Tadasana.
The Chakrasana is a pose that should only be carried out by advanced users, so if you’ve not attempted the pose before, then it could be worthwhile speaking to a professional beforehand, especially if you’re new to yoga.