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Yogasanas – Ustrasana

Camel Pose / Ustrasana, Yoga

Today we are pleased to introduce Ustrasana pose along with their effects and Health benefits.

Ustrasana

 

Ustra means a camel and asana means pose. This is an Intermediate Level back bending Yoga posture

 

Health Benefits

People with drooping shoulders and hunched backs will benefit by this asana. The whole spine is stretched back and is toned. This pose can be tried conveniently by the elderly and even by persons with spinal injury.

  • Improves digestion

 

  • Stretches and opens the front of the body. It also strengthens the back and shoulders

 

  • Relieves the body of lower back ache

 

  • Improves flexibility of the spine and also improves posture

 

  • Helps overcome menstrual discomfort

 

  • Relieves lower back pain

 

  • Stimulates endocrine glands

 

  • Cures Constipation

 

Technique’s for practicing Ustrasana Effectively

 

  • Kneel on the floor, keeping the thighs and feet together, toes pointing back and resting on the floor.

 

  • Rest the palms on the hips. Stretch the thighs, curve the spine back and extend the ribs.

 

  • Exhale, pace the right palm over the right heel and the left palm over the left heel. If possible, place the palms on the soles of the feet.

 

  • Press the feet with the palms, throw the head back and push the spine towards the thighs, which should be kept perpendicular to the floor

 

  • Contract the buttocks and stretch the dorsal and the coccyx regions of the spine still further, keeping the neck stretched back.

 

  • Remain in this position for about half a minute with normal breathing

 

  • Release the hands one by one and rest them on the hips. Then sit on the floor and relax

 

 Important Notice: You may place a cushion below your knees to ease your way into the pose (for beginners). Back injury or neck injury, high or low blood pressure, kindly perform this pose only with the supervision of an experienced teacher. Also we strongly recommend to read our previous edition “Hints and Caution of Yogasanas” before practicing.

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