Ushtrasana (The Camel Pose)

The Sanskrit word Ushtra refers to Camel, and hence the posture is also known as The Camel Pose. Camel Pose is a transition posture between The Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) and The Upward Bow Pose Urdhva Dhanurasana).

DESCRIPTION

  1. Bend the legs at the knees kept about six inches apart and sit on the curve between the toes and the soles with heels placed as wide apart as possible underneath the hip. The body, spine and neck should be kept in a straight line, and palms to be placed on respective knees.
  2. Kneeling on the knees, stretch backwards and grasp the right ankle with right hand and left ankle with left hand.
  3. Inhale and continue grasping the ankles while straightening the waist and the thighs. Bend the neck and head as much as possible, pushing the hips and waist a little forward. Continue normal breathing and remain in the position for 6-8 seconds.
  4. Exhale and return to the original kneeling position. While doing this release the hands first and straighten the body in the kneeling position.

BENEFITS

This posture is good for stretching the muscles of ankles, thighs, body, chest, throat, hip flexors and abdomen. It improves posture and stimulates the neck and abdominal organs. This Posture has curative effects for Asthma and improves the functioning of the respiratory organs, activate lungs, pharynx, nasal passage and the nerves. It is also beneficial in curing and preventing chronic headache, throat problems and tonsillitis. Regular practice of this posture also prevents fatigue, menstrual discomfort and anxiety.