What is a Dharma Yoga Wheel?

What is a Dharma Yoga Wheel?
A Dharma Yoga Wheel is a hand-crafted wheel designed to deepen stretching and alignment of the body in the practice of yoga. A committed, well-articulated yoga practice alone can do wonders for energy, relaxation and pain management, but the Dharma Yoga Wheel takes things one step further. When used correctly, the wheel is capable of opening up the whole back, relaxing muscles, expanding the chest and stretching the quadriceps, hip flexors and abdominal muscles.

What is the origin of the wheel?

Long before the creation of this product, the symbol of Dharma Wheel was a meaningful and auspicious icon of Buddhism. The wheel, or dharmachakra in Sanskit, represents the perfection of the dharma, or Buddha’s teachings. The rim of the wheel represents concentration and mindfulness. The wheel’s hub indicates moral discipline and the spokes of the wheel can mean many different things, depending on how many spokes are represented. This ancient iconography translates well into the ideals of concentration, mindfulness and balance present in the yogic tradition.

What are the benefits of the Dharma Wheel?

One of the greatest advantages of the Dharma Yoga Wheel is its ability to reduce back pain and help people with back injuries in their healing process. Because the wheel allows you to stretch out the back while remaining completely supported, relaxing the muscles and aligning the spine, it is a superb tool for increased healing without the danger of injury. The design of the wheel also offers better stability and control than an exercise ball.

The Dharma Yoga Wheel can support up to 270 pounds/122.5 kilograms of weight and is appropriate for individuals with all levels of yoga experience (see recommendations below on how to choose the right wheel for you).

If you are interested in purchasing a Dharma Yoga Wheel, you have three options. Beginners and intermediate yogis are encouraged to try the all-natural wooden wheel, which offers increased mobility and shoulder expansion because of its easy-to-hold wooden lip.
You can also purchase the PVC (plastic) version of the Dharma Yoga Wheel (called the “Basic”) for a cheaper price – and you won’t have to give up the amazing benefits of the wheel. Because this version is slightly bigger than the wooden one, it offers a deeper front stretch – but is still appropriate for beginners or intermediate practitioners.

If you are more advanced in your practice and want an even deeper stretch, choose the “Plus” version of the Yoga Dharma Wheel (also available in either wooden or plastic), which is recommended for individuals who are taller than 6 feet/1.83 meters.

Type Weight Max Height Max Price Level
Wooden 270 lbs/122.5 kg 6 ft/1.83 m $159 Beginner-Intermediate
Basic 270 lbs/122.5 kg 6 ft/1.83 m $99 Beginner-Intermediate
Plus 270 lbs/122.5 kg 8 ft/2.83 m $109 Intermediate-Advanced
Plus Wooden 270 lbs/122.5 kg 8 ft/2.83 m $179 Intermediate-Advanced

Whichever version you opt for, a Dharma Yoga Wheel is a great choice for all yogis looking to deepen their practice. This is a perfect way to increase your flexibility and reach new heights in your backbends in a safe, conscious way.