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Camel

Ustrasana

oosh-TRAH-sah-nah
Camel
Pose categories
Primary body parts engaged
Muscle Groups
Stretches front body, improves posture
Stimulates abdominal organs
Relieves fatigue and anxiety

How to perform camel

  1. Begin kneeling with your knees hip-width apart. Curl your toes under.
  2. Place your hands on your lower back. Lengthen your spine and expand your chest with an inhale.
  3. Slowly arch back with an exhale, keeping your hips over your knees. One at a time, bring your hands to the insides of your ankles. Rest your neck in a neutral position.
  4. Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
  5. Return your hands to your back, then rise with an inhale and sit back on your heels.
Alignment cues
  • Keep neck neutral
  • Lengthen tailbone toward floor
  • Reach chest toward sky
  • Align hips over knees
  • Knees hip distance wide
Modification: Keep your hands on your low back to lessen the stretch.
Avoid this pose if you have a neck or back injury.
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Camel (Ustrasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the back bends categories. This asana targets chest and neck & upper traps and spine and also involves abs and glutes & hip flexors and lower back muscles. Camel stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.

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