Camel pose, or Ustrasana, is an invigorating backbending posture that strengthens your spine and opens your heart. It is typically done after other backbending postures to ensure the spine is thoroughly warmed up.
It is a pose that is accessible to anyone, as there are ways to modify and advance it accordingly.
If you have lower back, neck injuries, or high blood pressure, it is best to take it slow and exercise caution with this position.
The posture is done on the knees, which makes it a much more activating position than other backbends which may be performed on the belly or on the back. If you have sensitive knees, you can pad the knees with a blanket.
It takes a great deal of strength to hold the posture, but the benefits are numerous- increased lung capacity and a greater sense of well-being through the sensation of opening the heart.
How to Do Camel Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions
Come to a kneeling position with the shoulders stacked over the hips. If you are newer to this pose, you can modify by tucking the toes under. This will help stabilize the legs. Additionally, make sure the knees are directly underneath the hips with the inner thighs hugging into the center line (without touching).