- Lie on your back.
- Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor, heels in close to your backside.
- Bend your elbows and lower your arms over your head.
- Place your palms flat on the floor beside your ears with the fingertips pointing toward your shoulders.
- Pull your elbows toward each other.
- Press down into your hands and feet, as you straighten your arms and legs, and lift your chest and thighs toward the sky.
- Release down.
- Finish up by curling into a ball and letting your body rock and roll back and forth.
Note to Parents and Teachers
This is a challenging pose. Please supervise and assist your child to come into this position easily and without force. Most young children will be unable to arch their spines like a wheel. Their pose will look more like a table.. their chest level and their 4 limbs supporting their torso like the legs of a table.
Activity Ideas for Home or Classroom
Make up some positive statements that will help you in this pose as well as make you feel good. Some examples of YogaKids affirmations are:
I am flexible.
My heart is open.
My spine is strong.
My brain is alert.
This pose brings strength and flexibility to the spine, back, legs and arms. The more you practice, the more this pose will begin to look “wheel-like.”
Whenever the head is lower than the heart, blood flow to the brain is increased. When done properly, wheel can oxygenate and wake up the brain.
Visual Vignettes/Laughing Language
Talk to your children about all the different ways that wheels make a difference in our lives. Imagine if we didn’t have cars, skateboards, skates, scooters, bicycles? Can you think of new ways to get around? Write and draw your innovative inventions.
Most children love wagon wheels. Use whole wheat, rice or semolina pasta as a healthier alternative to refined white flour. Top it with a hearty tomato sauce filled with vegetables.
Do the wheel pose regularly to boost energy, awaken the brain and make yourself feel alert! What foods make you feel good? Which ones don’t you like very much? How do certain foods make you feel? Try this fun Food Mood activity.
Take three paper plates and have your children draw different faces:
- Make a happy face.
- Make a sad face.
- Make an angry face.
Attached their decorated plates onto the wall or the refrigerator. When your child likes a food, have him draw or write it on the happy plate. If what you are serving isn’t a favorite choice, she will choose the “sad” plate. Foods that contain a lot of sugar, artificial ingredients or too much salt can have an adverse effect on your child’s moods and feelings. Have him “post” these on the angry face plate.