The Holistic Benefits of Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

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There are poses in yoga that benefit almost all the body systems. Camel Pose is one of them. Do it the right way and it will bring you true benefits on all levels: physical, mental and emotional.

How to do it?

Sit on your knees and make sure your thighs are perpendicular to the floor. Your knees should be hip-width apart. Check that your soles face upward and your toes are touching the floor.  Put your hands on your sacrum (the most nether region of you back) or on your hips. Inhale and start arching your back, moving your hands from hips (sacrum) to your heels one by one. Do this slowly as it can be a very intense stretch if you are not used to doing it often. If your neck feels okay, gently lower your head back. I have always found this last part tough, and it took years for me to be able to comfortably lower my head back. Again, don’t push yourself. Move into this pose slowly and with self-compassion for where you are.

Benefits

  • Increases spine flexibility and improves posture
  • Stimulates the thyroid gland
  • Normalises the digestion
  • Relieves tension in shoulders, back, and neck
  • Improves respiration by opening up chest
  • Stretches hips and abdominal muscles

In addition to all the above, Camel Pose has a great effect on your mental and emotional health.

It is a great stress reliever. Have you noticed how you start slouching when you are burdened with problems? By relaxing your spine in Camel Pose you are letting go of stress and anxiety. The pose also opens up the heart chakra and brings suppressed emotions up front and center. Some people even start crying in this pose. It’s all good. Crying is one of the great detoxifiers, right?

Stay in this pose for a maximum of 20 seconds when starting, you can then increase the time up to 30-60 seconds. And don’t forget to breathe deeply.

 

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