Sunday, December 4, 2016

Check Out This Awesome Yoga Wheel!

So you may have been noticing all over social media this cylinder looking thing called a yoga wheel. I started seeing it pop up on my Instagram feed about a year ago. It looked interesting and some of the pictures were of some pretty awesome yoga poses. If you have ever taken a yoga class you may have used blocks to help with poses. Well the yoga wheel is just another tool similar to the blocks used in class. The only difference is that this wheel moves! So definitely take that in mind if you are a beginner.
A few weeks ago I was approached by YogaDev to try out one of their yoga wheels. I swear their little ears must have been ringing because I really wanted to check out this wheel myself.  After the Chicago Marathon, I noticed my legs were a bit tight. Stretching helped but I just felt like I wasn't getting that full stretch I needed. This yoga wheel has definitely helped in that department. In just a few short weeks I have already noticed a big change. I am able to do poses I wasn't able to do at the very beginning. I have also noticed I have better balance during my poses. Little by little I'm getting better and I definitely contribute the yoga wheel to my improvements. 

This specific yoga wheel comes in a variety of colors and can be purchased at both Amazon:
YogDev Yoga Wheel and the YogDev website. I personally was a fan of the grey and white wheel but there are other options to choose from. It is extremely sturdy and even has a nice foam layer to help out for padding. Cost wise this wheel will run you around $40-$50 so not too expensive. 

Okay so let's be honest for a second...I am not a yogi by any means. I don't know the difference between the many kinds of yoga. And if we are truly being honest, the only real pose I know is downward dog. When I attend yoga classes I feel like a fish out of water but by the end of the class I feel fabulous. Now if you were to quiz me on the poses afterwards I would still fail.  This is why the people at YogDev have made videos to help you with the poses. They have videos for all levels too. Check out this link:  YogDev Wheel Pose Guide

So I guess the next question is what's stopping you from trying this yoga wheel? Because I can list quite a few benefits from incorporating yoga in your training. Here are just some of the few:
  • Better flexibility
  • Perfect posture
  • Muscle strength
  • Better bone, cartilage and joint health
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Improves immune system
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Lifts the mood
  • Lowers blood sugars
  • Helps regulate hormone production
  • Improves focus
  • Improves balance
  • Better sleep
Oh and I also did a review on YouTube. You can check it out here:

Have you ever used a yoga wheel?

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