By Naval Langa
This posture is known as Camel Pose. It has several benefits. If we do it regularly, it helps in curing many diseases. It is not very difficult yoga posture. The yoga posture of Bow Pose is similar to this pose. But that is done by positioning our body differently. Here the step by step instructions are given.
How to Do Camel Pose
Adjust the yoga mat on the floor. Sit in kneeling position. If you feel pain or have a problem in your knees, you can take help of some padding.
Raise your heaps positioned over your knees. Keep the shoulders straight over your heaps.
Put your palms touching your hips. Fingers should be facing the floor.
Your upper body would look like a circle. From this stage, start pushing your hips forward so that they come straight up on the knees.
Now put your palms on your paws. Imagine here that there is a string tied with your waist that pulls you towards the sky.
Finally allow your head to come backside, opening the throat. Now the whole body would look like a camel and the pose would be ‘camel pose’.
If you are a beginner, you should not remain for more time in this posture.
For a beginner, a stay of twenty seconds would be a sufficient exercise.
While doing camel pose, someone may be feeling like nausea. But it normally happens while doing such postures. You should find yourself comfortable after a while.
The women who are pregnant should avoid doing this posture. If they wish, they should do it after consulting a physician. Pregnant woman must do camel pose in the presence of a trained teacher only.
If you do not feel tired, you can repeat doing this pose as many times you wish.
Benefits of Doing Ustrasana:
While we do camel posture, almost all the muscles of our body are stretched. This pose provides adequate exercise to whole of our body. So it is a comprehensive exercise.
If this pose is done as shown in the above passage, it would provide good exercise to many limbs, including the chest, abdomen, and quadriceps. In short the front side of our body gets fully involved.
If we do this posture regularly for a specific period, it would improve the flexibility of our spinal cord.
Those persons who suffer from backache would be benefitted very much. After doing camel pose for a week, they would feel some relief in the pain.
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