How to practice yoga camel pose

Camel pose, Sanskrit name Ustrasana, ustra means camel, asana means asana. Camel pose is a classic back bending pose in yoga, named after the hump that looks like a camel’s back.

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What are the benefits of practicing camel pose?

Camel pose is a classic back bending pose, which has many benefits for our body and mind:

  • Can help open the chest cavity, activate the heart chakra, release emotions
  • Open the shoulders, activate the back, stretch the front side of the body
  • Improve posture, suitable for sedentary office group exercises
  • Relieve mild backache, fatigue, anxiety and irregular menstruation

How to practice camel pose

Kneeling and standing on the mat, feet hip-width apart, calves and insteps on the ground, thighs perpendicular to the ground, hips just above the knees, hold the hips with both hands, inhale, extend the spine upward, exhale and bend back and push with hands Hold your hips forward and slowly open your chest. Grasp your heels with your hands back, relax your neck.

What are the variants of camel pose?

For beginners, you can hook your toes back and your feet are stepping on the mat. You can also hold the heel with one hand and raise the other hand to extend the waist, and then switch to the opposite side of the exercise.

You can also use the yoga bricks to assist in the practice, hold the yoga bricks with both hands, and place the second or third step. For students with insufficient lumbar spine flexibility, it is recommended to hold the hips with both hands and slowly go down to look for the knees. You do not need to do strong back bends, or practice small back bends such as locust pose and cobra pose first, and then slowly practice.

What should I do after practicing camel pose?

Camel pose is a strong back bend. After practicing, it is recommended to do a reverse pose-sitting and forward bending.

Steps: Sit up, straighten your left leg forward, hook your toes back, bend your right knee, put your foot on the inside of your thigh, open your knees to the side, inhale and extend your spine, exhale and move your body forward and down, grab the soles of your feet and forehead with your hands Stick to the calf, keep for 5 to 8 breaths, and change to the opposite side of the exercise.

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Camel pose is a high-intensity back bend. It is a challenging peak pose. It can help improve posture, open the heart chakra, and release sadness. Regular back bending can make your mind more sunny and positive.

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