Here’s What Happened When I Got a Yoga Wheel

You see them on social media– the glossy pics with hard bodies balanced on the curious circular devices. Some are hot pink, others are hand-carved, made of cork with lovely embossed chakra designs. They are yoga wheels — the newest yoga props making their way into workshops, Youtube tutorials, and yoga studios everywhere. So of course I had to snag my own — for the sake of research and all.

In my last post, I told you I’d be revealing my birthday gifts, and I’d be remiss to leave this bad boy out of the conversation. Yes, I got a beautiful bouquet of yellow roses, massive amounts of chocolate, a mandala coloring book, a spa gift certificate, a lotus flower phone case, and some other cool goodies. But my yoga wheel was truly the best thing I’ve unwrapped in a while. Here’s why I’m so psyched about this amazing  apparatus.

Hooked on a Feeling…

Who doesn’t love a good stretch in the morning? But since I got my yoga wheel, I find myself stretching all day. I hop on it sporadically because I’m hooked on the feeling I get when I roll out the kinks in my neck, shoulders, chest and back. Hunching over a keyboard, driving, and just being oblivious to my posture can take a toll on my body, causing undue tension. At first, I felt odd rolling on my wheel, like a dog relieving an itch on the rug. But then I remembered it was my birthday, and I totally earned it…

Why I love my yoga wheel

Since then, I have discovered various yoga videos online and found some awesome ways to incorporate the wheel into my everyday practice. I’ve learned how to go deeper into poses I’ve already mastered, how to use the wheel to work my core, and how to make difficult asanas more accessible. I’m currently working towards Kapotasana, and I’m just short of touching my feet in this frustratingly difficult backbend (it’s hell, I tell ya!). With my yoga wheel, I feel safer practicing, more stable posing, and completely supported as I arch.

I’ve also discovered some cool variations to poses I’ve been doing for years. So just getting on my mat with this new toy makes the practice feel brand new, and every pose is a surprising adventure. So in short, the yoga wheel has totally rocked my world, and is making me a happier, more flexible, fierce yogi.

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Yoga wheel If you’re wondering whether to pull the trigger on a yoga wheel purchase, I say go for it!  And if brand names don’t impress you, buy a bargain wheel instead from a reputable manufacturer. In my opinion, this prop does not disappoint.

 

Do you have a yoga wheel? Have you found it to enhance your practice?

22 Comments
  • Ellen
    October 9, 2016

    Ok now I REALLY want one! http://www.amaz…. hehe 🙃 Love your kapotasana!

    • Rica Lewis
      October 9, 2016

      Ha ha, Ellen! You need one. Let’s have a yoga wheel party 🙂

      • Ellen
        October 10, 2016

        I’m in! As soon as I get a wheel, I’ll roll on down 🙃 😃

  • Diana
    October 10, 2016

    you had me at that first picture!!! do you foam roll also? if so how would you compare the two?
    Cheers
    Diana
    http://www.seaofblush.com

    • Rica Lewis
      October 10, 2016

      I haven’t tried the foam rollers, Diana. But now I’m curious! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  • Peggy
    October 10, 2016

    This just makes my back go ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…I can see how this will benefit in many ways!

    • Rica Lewis
      October 10, 2016

      Yes, I am hooked on this thing, Peggy! Let me know if you get one and what your experience is.

  • Eden
    October 10, 2016

    Wow! I have never heard of a yoga wheel. Looks awesome!

    • Rica Lewis
      October 10, 2016

      It’s lots of fun, Eden. Thanks for reading!

  • Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    October 10, 2016

    This sounds awesome! I love the idea of just being able to stretch out better, since I spend the day hunched over a computer too. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Rica Lewis
      October 10, 2016

      Yes, I sit for long periods at my desk so it feels good to hop on my wheel and work out the kinks. Thanks for reading, Crystal. 🙂

  • Liv
    October 10, 2016

    I don’t have one…but must admit I’ve been thinking about it since I saw your original pics. Looks like it would add a lot of stability to my practice.

    • Rica Lewis
      October 11, 2016

      Hope you enjoy it, Liv! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Jennifer Williams-Fields
    October 10, 2016

    I just saw one this weekend for the first time! Like most other yoga accessories, I’m now feeling the “need” to add this to my collection.

  • Dani Adams
    October 11, 2016

    This is the first I have heard of this. How interesting. I am enticed and tempted to purchase one myself.

    • Rica Lewis
      October 11, 2016

      Hi Dani, Glad I could introduce you to the wonderful world of yoga wheels! 😄 Thanks for stopping in!

  • Christian
    October 11, 2016

    I really need one of these for my back! Do you feel more focused and energized after you use it?

    • Rica Lewis
      October 11, 2016

      Hi Christian, I do feel more energized and focused after I use my yoga wheel. But I also feel very relaxed. I guess it’s good for all of the above. Thanks for reading!

  • Sheryl
    October 11, 2016

    I felt a stretch just looking at these photos and need to consider getting one. I do foam roll but this looks like it would be better.

    • Rica Lewis
      October 11, 2016

      Ha ha! Let me know what you think, Sheryl! Thanks for reading.

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