How To Teach Wheel Pose (Dhanurasana)


Step 1
Teach The Sanskrit


Here’s a great way of remembering dhanurasana by using the memory tricks of memory champions.

Imagine your friend Dan (dhan)…

…saying errrrh (ur)…

…as you drive your chest up into a spectacular wheel pose. Dan puts a big wheel underneath you when you’re in the pose.

You can create your own bizarre and wacky story to remember Dhanurasana. The more bizarre you make it, the easier it is for your memory to recall it. Another trick is to use all your senses. Smell the dirty wheel. Feel the wet mud on the wheel oozing through your shirt (wheel is under you). If you know someone called Dan, imagine doing the wheel pose in his kitchen. The more connections you can make, the easier it is for your memory to recall it.


Step 2
Teach The Philosophy


Explain to your students the philosophy behind Dhanurasana. You could say something like: Dhanurasana allows you heart to soar like a hawk.


Step 3
Teach The Benefits


Explain a few of the benefits. You don’t have to give them all.

Physical Benefits

  • Gives the spine a complete stretch from top to bottom
  • Increases energy
  • Stretches chest & lungs
  • Strengthens arms & wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen & spine
  • Stimulates thyroid & pituitary
  • Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility & osteoporosis

Mental & Emotional Benefits

  • Keeps you open to new possibilities
  • See the world from a new perspective
  • Flexible mind-view

Step 4
Quick Teaching Tips


  • Feel your heart soaring like a hawk as you rise up.
  • Imagine the floor is made of metal and you have magnets under your feet.
  • Don’t be in a rush to go up.

Step 5
Teach A Counter Pose


A good counter pose is Child Pose.


Step 6
Teach Something New About The Pose


I love watching other yoga teachers teach on YouTube. It’s a great way of looking at a pose from a new perspective.

Here’s one to get you started.


Step 7
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