This week's pose is Camel pose (Ustrasana). I chose this pose because I know it could be scary for beginners. I was once a beginner too and it was pretty horrifying for me to have all the blood rush to my brain. So I challenge y'all to face your fears and just go for it. I'm glad I did! :)
Benefits of Camel Pose
This backbend not only brings mobility to your spine, it also improves digestion and simulates kidneys and adrenals. Camel pose opens your chest, stretches your shoulders and abdominal wall. It increases circulation throughout the front of your body. This pose strengthens your neck, back, glutes and legs as well.
Camel Pose Step-By-Step
- Begin on your knees with your legs and feet hip width distance.
- Place your hands behind you as if they were in the back pocket of your jeans.
- Engage your core and press your hips and thighs forward.
- Lift your chest and reach back touching your heels with your hands.
- Gaze is behind you and stay with it for five breaths.
- Slowly bring your hands back to your glutes and then exhale lift your torso up.
If you can't reach your heels, then leave your hands on your glutes. You might feel a little light-headed at first, but just focus on your breath. Try not to rush into it.