Welcome to our review of the Best Yoga Wheels. We researched many top-rated yoga wheels, taking into account the need to provide some variety, but making sure we included only high-quality options. Our reviews highlight the basics and provide an overview (including pros and cons) of each. Hopefully this frees up some of your time so you can focus on doing other things you love!
Yoga wheels aren’t just for yoga. Physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists sometimes recommend yoga wheels for back pain.
Let’s look at a the best yoga wheels and see which one best fits your needs. Here they are in no particular order:
The Acumobility Yoga Wheel (or back roller) was designed by a chiropractor to “enhance spinal extension, mobility and flexibility.” This yoga wheel was created to treat back problems, not for yoga practice use. Still, it functions the same way, with the user stretching their body across along the wheel. The Acumobility has the added benefit of massaging nubs that hit knotted muscles and trigger points.
Users sing its praises, with only a few detractors who claimed the padding bumps hurt a little too much.
Fans of the Acumobility Yoga Wheel say the massaging nubs start out a little hard and may take some getting used to. Its recommended you use a towel or yoga mat in between the padding and your body until you get used to the pressure. According to regular users, the nubs soften some with use.
Acumobility users commented on the width- that it created a more stable wheel than your standard size does. The manufacturer designed this with a gap between the middle bumps. It’s intended to accommodate your spine so the nubs will hit trigger points along each side of it.
The Solofit Yoga Wheel is a bit of a misnomer. It’s more of a rounded trapezoid, also known as a “dharma yoga wheel”. Regardless, it still does the trick for stretching and working on increased flexibility.
We liked this model a ton just for the mere versatility. It’s narrow enough to double as a yoga block. The manufacturer claims it can also be used for balance training by putting your feel on either side and bearing weight. In addition to its versatility, the quality seems to be high.
What Users Say
Users were pleased with its sturdiness.
Users who had failed with a yoga wheel, due to poor flexibility, said the Solofit Yoga Wheel was a better option for them. This style is probably best for beginners for this reason.
This may not be the most useful yoga “wheel” for long periods of restorative yoga because, as one user said, the padding begins to feel uncomfortable after an extended period of time. The padding is non-skid which ensures a secure support when the practitioner is doing challenging poses.
Finally, in terms of pros, the Solofit is very reasonably priced, so it’s a great option for those who count their pennies.
The UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel Set is a set of three separate yoga wheels. The benefit of having a set of wheels is the ability to use different sizes on different parts of the body. It also allows you to progress to a larger size as your flexibility and balance improves. Being able to select the size allows for more versatility in yoga practice and other workouts. It’s worth pointing out that, if you prefer a single yoga wheel, UpCircleSeven does offer singles.
The foam cover measures 8 mm thick, which provides plenty of cushion for comfort for staying in one position for an extended period of time. Users with heavier body weight stated the UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel Set easily supported their weight.
What Users Say
Reviewers noted that these yoga wheels are not only good for yoga practice, but for stretching the spinal muscles. User after user praised the effectiveness of this set for elongating the spine and stretching tight muscles.
Most raved about the quality and apparent durability of these yoga wheels.
How to Select a Yoga Wheel
So, now you have 3 vetted yoga wheels to consider. How do you decide which will work best for you?
You need to consider the purpose you’re buying one- is it therapeutic, to address back pain; or are you planning to use it for yoga practice? You wouldn’t to spend long periods of time atop the bump pattern on the Acumobility, which is designed to relieve muscular pain; and a standard yoga wheel isn’t going to do much to massage tense muscles.
How limber are you? What is your balance like? If you are just starting out and the muscles haven’t had time to elongate, then it makes more sense to get a yoga wheel with a smaller diameter. This also holds true for someone who doesn’t have great balance. A non-circular shape will feel more stable than a large circular design.
How to Use a Yoga Wheel
If you under the care of a health care practitioner for a back condition, he or she will be able to prescribe specific exercises, depending on your own individual needs.
If you are simply interested in stretching tight muscles, check out one or two of these YouTube videos:
Below are some yoga wheel exercises for use during your yoga practice.
Yoga Wheel Exercises
Some of the models we reviewed come with either written or web-based material on yoga wheel exercises. We discovered that YouTube has a slew of videos that provide yoga wheel exercise ideas. Some of those we liked include:
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is an ancient Eastern practice that has the support of modern science. Yogis have intuitively known for ages that yoga is beneficial for physical and mental health.
Like the practice of mindfulness, yoga slows the mind. Research shows that it helps people who suffer from anxiety and depression. If you feel like you might be suffering from depression, we have a quiz you can take here.
Those who don’t struggle with clinical symptoms of anxiety and depression can still benefit from overall stress relief. Studies show that regular yoga practice can be part of an overall healthy lifestyle through minimizing the negative effects of stress. (Check out another of our articles on stress relief strategies here.)
Yoga benefits the body in a myriad of ways. The American Osteopathic Association recommends yoga practice for increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, and cardio and circulatory health.
We hope these reviews have included some valuable information for those of you who are planning to add a yoga wheel to your fitness or therapeutic routine. Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback.
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