Ustrasana or camel pose

By TNT Bureau

Ustrasana or camel pose is an intermediate level back-bending yoga posture known to open Anahata (Heart chakra). This yoga posture adds flexibility and strength to the body and also helps in improving digestion.

Its name comes from the Sanskrit words “ustra” (meaning “camel”) and “asana” (meaning “pose”). Practicing Ustrasana daily can be a great way to relieve neck and back pain caused by slouching in front of a computer or driving.

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Benefits

  • Reduces fat on thighs
  • Opens up the hips, stretching deep hip flexors
  • Stretches and strengthens the shoulders and back
  • Expands the abdominal region, improving digestion and elimination
  • Improves posture
  • Opens the chest, improving respiration
  • Loosens up the vertebrae
  • Relieves lower back pain
  • Helps to heal and balance the chakras
  • Strengthens thighs and arms
  • Improves flexibility, especially in the spine
  • Stimulates endocrine glands
  • Releases tension in the ovaries
  • Stretches the ankles, thighs, groin, abdomen, chest, and throat
  • Cures constipation
  • Tones organs of the abdomen, pelvis, and neck
  • Complements overall health and well-being

Step-by-step

  • Sit on the floor stretching your leg and keeping your spine erect keeping palms on the ground side by the buttocks
  • Bend your leg by the keens and sit on your heels placing the buttocks between the heels, the right big toe overlapping the left
  • Kneel on floor keeping your knees in line with the shoulders and sole of the feet facing the ceiling
  • Keep your hand on thighs
  • Inhale and arch your back and place your palms on the heels of the feet
  • Keep your arms straight
  • Do not strain your neck keep it neutral. Let your neck be free
  • Stay in this final position for couple of breaths or as much longer as you can
  • Breathe out and slowly come to the normal position withdrawing your hands from the feet

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