Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

 It is a type of backward bending asana. It helps stretch your abdomen, thorax, thigh, ankles, throat and groin.

         

          

         How to do camel pose (ustrasana)

  • Kneel on the yoga mat and place your hands on the hips.
  • Your knees should be in line with the shoulders and the sole of your feet should be facing the ceiling.
  • As you inhale, draw in your tail-bone towards the pubis as if being pulled from the navel.
  • Simultaneously, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet till the arms are straight.
  • Do not strain or flex your neck but keep it in a neutral position.
  • Stay in this posture for a couple of breaths.
  • Breathe out and slowly come back to the initial pose. Withdraw your hands and bring them back to your hips as you straighten up.

          Benefits of the Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

  • Improves digestion
  • Stretches and opens the front of the body. It also strengthens the back and shoulders
  • Relieves the body of lower back ache
  • Improves flexibility of the spine and also improves posture
  • Helps overcome menstrual discomfort

 

         Contraindications of the Camel Pose                      (ustrasana)

         Back injury or neck injury, high or low blood pressure: Perform this pose only with the supervision of an experienced teacher.

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