Camel Pose (Ustrasana) is a very important yoga pose which is highly beneficial as well as very easy and comfortable to practice by all.
The name Usrasana (Ustra + asana) comes from the Sanskrit word ‘ustra’ meaning camel and ‘asana’ meaning pose. While in the Camel Pose the body looks like a camel hump. That’s why it is called camel pose.
How to Practice Camel Pose:
Sit on your knees, on a soft surface so that the knees do not ache. Hold your heels with the palms directing them inwards. You can rest your feet on the fingers(of the feet) or flatten them(feet). Please decide as per your comfortability for positioning your feet as per Images 1 or Image 2. Now straighten your waist and gradually bend forward spreading your body weight on the shoulders and pair of hands. Stretch while you bend your body forward after one or several inhalations or while you inhale.
Keep your knees apart in line with your shoulders. Stay for a few breaths and then come back to the previous normal situation while you inhale and exhale.
This can be followed 3-4 times with a Corpse pose after each time of this pose.
Camel Pose comes just after Bow Pose in order of importance.
Benefits of Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is immense ! This is the most beneficial yoga pose in the modern day situation and condition. We can overcome all our problems of neck, shoulder, back and waist regions very easily with this easiest of all yoga poses ! Not only that, it also helps open the chest and benefit the lungs and heart hugely. All other abdominal organs are also rejuvenated in a great way. It invigorates the spinal chord system, by waking up the kulakundalini shakti, it is said.
So it takes care of the entire spinal chord spanning from neck to lumbar. Most important aspect of this yoga pose is that it can be very easily practiced by one and all alike.
We have to spend most of our times sitting before the TV, Computer, Smart Phone screens all requiring forward bending. So we require to follow this backbend exercise to keep our spine’s health on track !
Complementary Exercises : Locust Pose (Shalvasana) is to be practiced after this Cobra Pose. But Locust Pose exerts pressure on the heart. So those having heart problems should keep away from practicing Locust pose. Locust pose has other benefits though. You have your choice.