1) It is a reminder of the importance of strong foundations... Without the fingers and toes spread wide and planted solid with knees and elbows tracking, this posture isn't half as steady as it should be.
2) Wheel counter-stretches the effects of hunching over my laptop, long journeys in my car, and carrying my baby boy... My body craves being opened up through the front and this posture delivers.
3) I find that after practicing I walk with much more confidence. The heart-opening effects of chakrasana last way beyond the end of the practice and the opening through the solar plexus, heart and throat chakras all at once get me feeling like Wonder Woman; 'I just took five breaths in wheel, I can take on the world!'
Rajasthan is beautiful… really it is, the palaces and forts in Jaipur are breathtaking, the markets thrive with sights, sounds and smells, there are the most amazing sunset spots all across the state, you can practically TASTE the romance of Udaipur and the cities although not particularly easy to navigate, are amongst the best places I have ever been lost in. Sadly, along with all of that comes a lively tourism industry, which in turn can lead to scams, pick-pocketing and begging in the streets, so I was glad to have the opportunity to explore a rural village during my trip.
We drove for hours down dirt tracks and Rajasthani countryside, through fields, past sheep, and along dusty roads in our bumpy jeep until we saw small houses materialis...