Like a lot of people, I work at a desk. From around 9 in the morning to about 6 p.m. most days, you'll find me here, seated on my tuchus, staring at or typing into my laptop. And on most days, sometime around the mid-afternoon, I start to feel pretty uptight in my lower back. At least that's how it used to be, before I received the Dharma Yoga Wheel
Here at STACK, we were interested in looking at the product because it's gaining favor among certain groups of high-profile athletes—especially current and former NFL players. Go on Dharma Yoga Wheel's Instagram page and you'll see plenty of adherents, including Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Adams (shown below), Detroit Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs, and others, many of whom train with instructor Camille Rackham of Brazil Yoga.
Mike Adams practicing yoga on the Dharma Yoga Wheel at 360 Fitness in Fairfield, New Jersey. (Photo: Brigitte J. Rogers)
Some of the athletes use the wheel as a prop for poses, like Adams does above. Some use it for crazy acrobatic poses. But many like it best for the same reason I love the Dharma Yoga Wheel: It makes for an incredible foam roller.
"[Before my yoga workouts,] I lie on it, and it opens up my back," says former Tennessee Titans All-Pro and Heisman Trophy running back Eddie George. "It helps my spine flexibility. Then I use it on my hips. My hips and low back have always been tight, and I like the way it gets deep into those areas."
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From my own experience, George is right. Nothing works out knots and other tightness along the spine like the Dharma Yoga Wheel. Lay your lumbar spine overtop the wheel, give yourself a gentle roll, and if you're like me you'll hear a chorus of snaps and pops in all the right places. It's like having your own personal chiropractor, only far less expensive.
I realize that a review this glowing probably makes me sound like I'm shilling, but I'm not. For the past two months I've been using the Dharma Yoga Wheel every morning, and I've noticed a definite improvement in how my spine feels throughout the day—although I still spend lots of time sitting here, typing. I definitely recommend it for any athlete's holiday wish list this year.
The basic Dharma Yoga Wheel costs $99 and is available at dharmayogawheel.com