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How to Do Ustrasana (Camel Pose) and its Health Benefits

Ustrasana or the camel pose is an intermediate level back bend pose and popular for its variety of benefits. It is known to open the Anahata or the heart chakra, which makes your body calm and serene. This yoga pose has many advantages ranging from increasing flexibility to curing disorders.

Here we will discuss the steps, benefits, cautions and variations of this pose in detail.

HOW TO DO IT?

Tip for beginners

Since this is an intermediate level pose therefore first timers can face some difficulties in touching the sole with the palms without straining the back. In that case you should try to elevate your heels while touching the ground with your toes. Alternatively, you can also rest your hands on a block by positioning them just outside the heel. You can also ask someone to help you in balancing your head and neck during this pose.

Precautions

BENEFITS

Improves posture

This backbend helps in stretching the whole body, especially spine and thus rectify the posture of the body.

Shape up the body

This pose reduces fat on the trouble zones of the body means belly, arms, thighs, butts, etc. Thus it helps in shaping up the body and gives you a streamlined body.

Improves cardiovascular system

It opens up the chest and stretches its muscles. Thus, it improves the respiration process and it also helps in improving the blood flow around the body.

Improves digestive system

This pose has been found helpful in improving appetite, digestion and excretion of food. It cures constipation, gas or bloating and other digestion related problems.

Helps in genitor – urinary disorder

It opens the hip by stretching deep hip flexors and also helps in disorders of kidney, urinary bladder, ovaries, testes and prostate by releasing tension in these organs.

Therapeutic application

This yogic pose has been recommended for the people suffering from asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, spondylitis, colitis, dyspepsia, obesity and voice disorders. Besides these major complications, it is also helpful in common problems like mild backache, fatigue, anxiety and menstrual discomfort.

Enhance concentration

This backbend demands full focus and attention because a slight mistake can cause head or neck injury. Thus, it helps in clearing your mind and increasing your focus, memory and alertness.

Stimulates endocrine system

It stretches the muscles of internal organs especially the neck region where thyroid and parathyroid glands are situated. This stretching movement helps in stimulating these glands and improves the production of their hormonal content. It also acts on the ovaries and thus cures the irregularities in periods.

Releases the stiffness

This pose conditions all the muscles in the body and releases the stress. Thus it relaxes the mind and body.

VARIATIONS

You can deepen the pose by performing the pose with your thighs, calves and inner feet touching.

Wall camel

Stand near a wall with your gaze facing the wall. Place your hands to on your lowest ribs while opening up your chest and hips by tucking your tail and pressing your hip into the wall.

Camel lunge

Get into a kneeling lunge position by placing a leg in front at the right angle and another at the back by keeping back foot near to surface. Place your hands to the hips or tailbone or heart and start to open up the front part of the body while getting into the lunge position.

Camel dropbacks

Move your hands to the place over your heart and perform the backbend. It is bit difficult to get into the original position without support of the hands. Get into the initial position and rest in child’s pose.

Waving camel

Get into the camel pose and then lift your left arm and rotate in a circle. Bring the left arm in the camel pose and then repeat the same rotating act with the right arm.

Reverse camel

Transit from the hero’s seat and reach back while grabbing your heels. Lift your hips and then perform the backbend of camel pose. Hold this pose for 30 seconds.

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