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I've been practicing yoga at home using DVDs for a long time now, and have seen excellent results so far. However, many of the DVDs I have are heavy in the use of fullwheels, which I haven't really made any progress on being able to do them. They would be beneficial for my back, as I have mild scoliosis, so this is a challenge that I'd like to try and take on. So how do I train myself to be able to do these?
 

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more or less. I take yoga everyday at the Core Power Yoga studio. They've suggested I try and work toward full wheels to help with some of my strain issues. I cannot complete it at this time though. I also have back issues. The starting position for this pose is bridge pose. starting on your back with your knees up and your feet flat on the mat, move your feet close enough to your thighs that you can reach down and touch your ankles with your fingers. Then, keeping your head grounded, arch your back up toward the sky. move your shoulders in toward each other and lace you hands together underneath you and press them firmly into the mat. Try not to flex in your gluteus muscles, try to keep it in your feet pressing down into the mat. This one will really stretch out your lower back and help prepare you for the wheel.
 

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They're an advanced version of backbends. I can do the basic ones, although I haven't been able to do bridge pose yet. The most advanced one I've managed to do so far is camel, where you stand on your knees and then bend back as far as you can to grab the backs of your knees. When I've tried to go into bridge, I've felt a lot of stiffness issues, mainly in my shoulders.
 

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oh ok like this right: <img alt="" src="http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/buttonlove/backbend_fiona.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
for sure keep sticking with camel and working towards bridge, yoga is so cool in that way that there are levels for everyone to work towards.<br><br>
have you tried using a large ball? this can help get your upper back more open and eventually lead towards putting your hands closer to the ground.
 

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Yeah, it's definitely a great way of challenging myself. I've made massive progress with hip opening poses, it's just these backbends where my spine is being stubborn!
 
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