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Should You Be Teaching Wheel on a Paddle Board?

We have been teaching paddle board yoga for over 8 years now and land-based yoga for over 25. The most remarkable lesson that we have learned through all these years, thousands of clients and hundreds of teacher trainees, is that the human body has changed drastically in the last couple of decades. What worked in the 80’s, no longer works now.

A lot of you may have heard of Paul Grilley’s findings as part of his work on the Anatomy for Yoga. You might have also heard of William Broad and his book on how yoga can hurt people, “The Science of Yoga”.

For those of you who have not heard of either of the above authors, the bottom line is that not all yoga poses are made for every body type, especially in today’s lifestyle.

Having said that, we would like to analyze why wheel is one of several poses that should not be taught on a paddle board, especially in a group setting.

paddle board yoga wheel

Most of the people living in the United States today spend a lot of time on the computer, at a desk or driving. As a result, their chest muscles are shortened, their shoulders are rounding in, their back muscles are too long and weak, their hips are “tight”, their ankles and wrists are too weak (to even perform plank), and so many of them have sciatic issues.

Wheel is a pose, that takes all of the above mentioned joints, muscles and the associated fascia and puts them in the exact reverse direction than the one they have spent their entire life in.

Furthermore, depending on the person’s bone structure and compression issues wheel may be even “impossible”.

Wheel on a paddle board does all of the above while the person is on an unstable surface.

Most yoga instructors will agree that wheel is more of a flexibility based pose than a strength based pose. Science has proven that you cannot create flexibility on an unstable platform.

We are not saying that you should not be teaching wheel on a paddle board. What we are saying is that wheel on a paddle board has zero benefits, except that it makes for a great picture. On the contrary, it does have high risk of injury. During one of our SUP trainings, the ACA concluded that there are poses yoga teachers are teaching that would be considered by the insurance companies as “gross negligence” (we hope you know what that means). Wheel was one of several.

If the yoga teacher’s ego, wishes to teach wheel, instead of hundreds of other safe and very challenging poses (in terms of strength, endurance, agility, mobility and balance), they should at least be teaching it to their clients on land first.

We believe that as a yoga instructor it is your duty and obligation to assist people through the process of yoga, whether on land or on the water, in a safe, fun and effective manner.

See you on the hot mat or at least knee deep on the water and as Ganesha would say, “Enjoy Life and Feed Your Rat!”

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YOGA ENERGY SAYS “STOP LOOKING FOR YOUR DOSHA”

yoga energy dosha names

You might be saying “what you talking about willis”? This can’t be, doshas are important and I already know my dosha. I am tall, blonde with dry skin, I am Vata; or I am heavy with huge eyes, I am Kapha; or I have red hair and freckles, I am Pitta, etc, etc, etc.

The truth is, Continue reading

YOGA ENERGY’S INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA

Ayurveda, a science so old and yet so contemporary… So mystical and yet so scientific… So distant and yet so intimate… So simple and yet so complex…

Today, we would like to explore the framework of Ayurveda, the three doshas and their relationship to the Nine Planets (the framework of Jyotish). Most people know about doshas through online tests. Doshas are often used as labels for classifications of body types. But what is truly a dosha? Continue reading

YOGA ENERGY’S “THE ENERGY OF A MANTRA”

yoga energy's meditating girlMantra – The Power of the Word

In Sanskrit, “man” is “to think” and “tra” designates tools or instruments. Hence, mantra is an instrument of thought. Also, “manas” is the mind and “tra” means to protect. Hence, mantra is Continue reading

YOGA ENERGY AND THE THREE GUNAS (FOR YOGA AND AYURVEDA THERAPY)

yoga energy three gunasIn Vedic philosophy the world is the result of the constant interplay of the three gunas. The three gunas (or qualities) are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. They can be used to describe everything, from our mind to nature and even corporate business. This blog will discuss what they represent, how they can be kept in balance and how they affect us and the world.

Tamas is the foundation of the world, often being misunderstood. Continue reading

YOGA ENERGY’S “STANDING HEATING BREATH”

Standing Heating Breath (This is not Bikram Breathwork!)

Precautionary note:

This is not a medical statement, but a set of remarks concerning a particular breathing technique related to hatha yoga. If you are under medical supervision and you have any questions whether or not to proceed with this practice, please consult with your health professional. The Standing Heating Breath should not be performed in case of pregnancy, heart disease and high blood pressure.

What is the Standing Heating Breath? Continue reading

YOGA ENERGY’S “YOGA AS A TRI-DOSHIC EXPERIENCE”

In a previous blog, the “Hot Topic of Hot Yoga” we discussed the benefits of a proper Hot Yoga Class. There are different parameters that define a proper hot class, ranging from the temperature of the room to the caring of the instructor.

A very crucial parameter is the ayurvedic nature of the class. Ayurveda says Continue reading