Sanskrit Name – Ustrasana
Sanskrit Name Meaning – Ustra - Camel, Asana - Pose
Type of Asana – Back Bend Yoga Pose
Target Areas – Core
WHAT IS CAMEL POSE (USTRASANA)?
Camel Pose (Ustrasana) is an energising back bend yoga pose that opens your chest, activates your core muscles, counteracts slouching and relieves lower back pain.
DO NOT PRACTICE CAMEL POSE (USTRASANA) IF:
You have a back injury
You’ve recently had surgery
BENEFITS OF CAMEL POSE (USTRASANA)
Increases confidence and stimulates mental clarity
Improves posture, counteracts slouching and relieves lower back pain
Relieves feelings of stress and anxiety
Strengthens your back, thighs and buttocks
Stretches your chest, hips, shoulders and thighs
HOW TO PRACTICE CAMEL POSE (USTRASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
Kneel down on both knees with your legs hip width apart. Stack your hips over your knees and squeeze your thighs together.
Lift your sternum, open your chest, keep your shoulders back as you reach your hands down to your heels.
Press into your heels and make sure you’re lifting though your sternum. Stay in this pose for as long as is comfortable. Use our core to lift out of it, place your hands on your lower back as you slowly come up to your knees.
CAMEL POSE (USTRASANA) VARIATION – HANDS ON LOWER BACK
Get into Camel Pose and place both hands on your lower back. Gently arch your back and keep your chest open, forward and up.
FOLLOW UP POSES
Ananda Balasana – Happy Child’s Pose