Supported Camel Pose (Ustrasana) with Blocks

Camel Pose (Ustrasana) opens the hips, stretching hip flexors and the front of the body while expanding the abdominal region and chest. It stretches and strengthens the shoulders and back, improving posture, and can help to relieve lower back pain.

Full Camel can be difficult for many students, but modifying it by adding the blocks for additional height makes it easier to transition into over time.

Supported Camel Pose with Blocks: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Begin standing on the shins with your knees below your hips. Place the blocks lengthwise on either side of your ankles.

Step 2

Press your shins into your mat and keep the hips over the knees while slowly reaching back toward the blocks. Press your hands down onto the blocks and open the chest up and out, keeping the core strong and engaged.

Step 3

If this is comfortable, try gently dropping the head back and extending the front of the neck.

Step 4

To come out of this pose, first bring the head up, then slowly release the blocks and bring your hands to your lower back while you gently straighten your spine.