Camel Pose

camel pose

In Ustrasana, Ustra means Camel and Asana means Pose and hence the name Camel Pose. In this beautiful pose, in the final position body looks like that of a Camel. With the entire spine bent backward, the chest and upper abdomen look like the back of a Camel. In this pose, stress is upon the thighs and the entire back that is leaning backward and inwards. Camel Pose (Ustrasana) is considered an intermediate-level pose and comes under the category of backbend yoga poses.

In this pose the movement of the body with perfect alignment is essential. As the back is arched to the maximum, the connection of the breath with the movement of the back should happen very consciously. The tail bone is slowly pushed in towards the navel and tightens the pelvic area. Making sure the lower abdomen is also pulled in and upwards thus giving room for the lower spine to settle deeper inside making the pose more comfortable. The chest should be expanded and contracted at the right time to move into the pose. It is always good to have the guidance of an experienced teacher while learning this pose for the first time.

Ustrasana is considered a base pose as Ustrasana variations can be derived from this pose. Ustrasana helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.

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Iana Varshavska
Iana Varshavska
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In love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. Iana has been actively practicing yoga for 5 years. In addition to practice, she studies various aspects of yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, biomechanics, and holodynamics.