Camel Pose Yoga can be practiced by a beginner, but is actually an intermediate pose.
Kneel down on the floor with your palms on your hips with the fingers pointing downwards and resting on the upper base of your buttocks. Keep your knees hip width apart. Relax your body in this position. Firm your hips and the upper body a little but not your buttocks. Keep your spine erect and lengthen your tailbone.
Camel Pose Yoga
Inhale and expand your chest. Press your shoulders towards your back. Lean back and slowly in a rotating motion, place your right palm on the right heel and repeat the same with your left hand. Stretch as far back as possible. Push your thighs back and make sure your lower body is not pushed forward. It has to stay firm and straight pushed to the ground. Your head should also be pushed as far back as possible and it should be relaxed in this position.
Stay in this position for 30-60 seconds. To come out of this position, slowly rotate your hands back to the hips one after another and relax in the kneeling position.
While practicing this pose, ensure that your ribs or groin don not protrude forward and the throat is not firm. You should be able to feel the stretch in most parts of your body when practicing this pose.
Benefits of the camel pose
- This pose as I mentioned before stretches your entire body. It has a specific impact on the front of the body, thighs, ankles and the groin. It stretches the abdomen and the throat.
- Improves posture and strengthes the back.
- It stimulates the neck and the abdominal organs.
- Therapeutically, it has many benefits. It helps fight fatigue and anxiety. It helps in curing respiratory ailment and back ache. It also helps fight menstrual discomfort.
As a beginner, you don’t have to attempt to touch your heels at the first go. You can start slowly by placing different objects behind you and aiming to touch them. Then slowly as you start getting comfortable you can get rid of them. It is important to start by practicing leaning as far back as possible.