Wheel Pose is great for so many things, including back pain, headache, blood pressure, and the heart. It increases energy, stimulates the thyroid and pituitary, and helps with depression.
HOW TO DO IT: Begin by lying on your back. Bend your knees so that your feet are close to your sitting bones. Bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your head, fingers pointing toward your shoulders. Your forearms should be perpendicular to the floor. Actively engage your feet, pressing into the floor as you lift your buttocks with an exhale. Tilt your tailbone forward. Press your hands into the floor and lift onto the crown of your head. Breathe as you lift your head off the floor and straighten your arms. Turn your upper thighs inward and firm your outer thighs. Engage your shoulders, spreading them across the back. Allow your head to hang or turn to look down toward the floor. The weight on your hands should be at the base of your index fingers. To help keep your feet from turning out in the pose, place a block between them, with the base of your big toes pressing into the block. Hold for five to ten seconds and lower yourself gently back to the floor. Repeat. Remember to breathe. Enjoy the vitality this pose creates!