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Flow into Yoga: Camel Pose

Camel pose
Camel Pose | Submitted by Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge

Our Bikram Yoga series “Flow into Yoga” is back this week. Here’s the latest feature piece from Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge:

Camel Pose or Ustrasana creates maximum compression of the spine, which stimulates the nervous system. It also improves flexibility of the neck and spine, relieves backache and helps degenerative spinal problems. By stretching the abdominal organs, Camel helps constipation, even trimming the waistline in the process. Camel also stretches the throat and thyroid and parathyroid glands.

To achieve:

  • Stand on your knees with six inches between the knees and feet.
  • Support your spine by placing your hands on the back of your hips, with fingers pointing down.
  • Keep the elbows in and let the shoulders roll back, opening your chest and reversing the common tendency to slouch.
  • Inhale and lift the chest. Exhale and drop the head back.  
  • Inhale again and lift the chest. Exhale and arch the torso back more.
  • Keep your chest lifted throughout the pose to minimize the compression in the lower back.
  • Push your hips forward. Line your hips above the knees.
  • Bring your right hand down to grab the right heel and left hand to left heel, with the thumbs on the outside and fingers inside.
  • Keep your hands on your hips and keep lifting the chest. If your hips collapse back and you sink into the spine as you grab the heels, be patient. 
  • Arch the spine back and work the hips forward while lengthening your tailbone down towards the floor. Again be sure that the body weight has not shifted back into your heels by constantly lifting your chest.
  • Breathe. If you are feeling the intensity of the pose, breathe. To go deeper in the pose, breathe.
  • Hold for 20 seconds with deep breaths and allow the heart to open and lift.
  • Reverse out of the pose by bringing the right hand to right hip, then the left hand to left hip. Press the knees down and use abdominal strength to lift and straighten the spine up.
  • Savasana.

Most people assume that Camel Pose derived its name from the backbend, which resembles a camel’s hump; however the posture is likely named for the process of how a camel sits down and stands up. When a camel sits down, first it bends its knees and then folds its legs beneath its body. When the camel is ready to stand up it reverses the posture. No matter the reasoning behind the name of the posture, camels would be terrific Bikram yogis, as they are notorious for being able to survive in very hot climates and are extremely flexible. 

Lyndsey Hemmesch is an instructor at Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge in Burr Ridge.

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