Ustra literally means camel and Asana means the pose. Hence the name is Camel Pose. Ustrasana makes spine flexible and provides strength to it.
SANSKRIT NAME: Ustrasana
ENGLISH NAME: Camel pose
Technique of Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
- 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.
Benefits of Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
- Ustrasana Stretches the anterior muscles of the body.
- Improves flexibility of spine and strengthens it.
- Camel Pose Improves digestion
- Gives relaxation to the lower back.
- Useful as an initial practice for back bending.
- Low back ache.
- Cervical spondylitis
- Reduces abdomen fat.
- Thyroid and parathyroid.
- Menstrual problems.
People suffering from severe back and neck injury, high or low blood pressure, migraine or other severe headache should perform this asana or posture under the guidance of a yoga therapist or expert. Else better to avoid the practice.