Pose of the month…Camel (Ustrasana)

Ustra = Camel, asana = posture or pose

Pronounced : OOHS-tra-AA-SUN-aa

An intermediate back-bending posture, the Ustrasana will add strength and flexibility to your body while benefitting your back. Known to open Anahata (heart chakra) the pose is great if you are feeling low or tired as it will help you de-stress and relax the mind. It is also thought that the camel pose will improve digestion and overcome menstrual discomfort.

How to do Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

  1. Kneel on your yoga mat and place your hands on your hips
  2. Make sure your knees are in line with your shoulders and that the soles of your feet are facing upwards towards the ceiling
  3. Inhale and draw in your tail-bone at the same time
  4. Arch your back, your hands can stay on your back pointing up or down. Try and slide your palms over your feet until your arms are straight or just go as far as you can
  5. Make sure you keep your neck in a neutral position and don’t strain it
  6. Stay in the camel pose for several breaths
  7. As you exhale slowly come back to your initial pose with your back straight and your hands on your hips

New to yoga?

If you are new to yoga you can put a cushion below your knees to ease your way into the pose. It might also help to place a block between your thighs.