Pose of the Week - Camel

 

Sanskrit:  Ustrasana

English: Camel

Benefits:  Increases breathing capacity, reduces anxiety, opens heart, releases emotions

Variations: Tuck toes or place yoga blocks on feet to elevate heels.  For greater opening, cross forearms and take hold of opposite ankles.

How to: Kneel down with knees hip distance apart.  Rest your hands on lower back and make sure your bum is relaxed. Tuck chin forward slightly as you lean your chest back into a back bend. If this is comfortable, reach back for your heels. Release your neck carefully only if it feels good to your body!