A kneeling, back-bending asana, “Ushtrasan”: is also called Camel Pose. The Sanskrit words “ustra” (meaning “camel”) and “asana” (meaning “posture” or “seat”) are the origin of the term.

How to do Ushtrasana?

  • Vajrasana is the starting position.
  • Bend over at the knees. Retain your thighs completely straight. Do not separate your knees and feet.
  • To turn around, lean to the side. Retract your steps a bit more. Assist the right heel by using your right hand, and the left heel by using your left hand. Stay away from physical exertion.
  • Activate the forward motion of the hips. The thighs must remain straight.
  • Then, without causing any unnecessary strain, bend your head and spine backward to the maximum extent.
  • Let your body and back muscles relax.
  • Make sure your arms and legs are supporting your weight equally.
  • To keep the back arch, keep the arms in a way that anchors the shoulders. As long as you’re comfortable, remain in that position.
  • Return to the beginning posture after releasing the hands from the heels one at a time.

Who Should Not Do Ushtrasana?

  • Maintain regular breathing throughout the exercise. Since the chest is already stretched out in this asana, taking deep breaths could make breathing more difficult.
  • Anyone with hypertension or hypotension shouldn’t perform this asana.
  • Do not do this asana if you suffer from sleeplessness.
  • Anyone experiencing back pain or neck discomfort should refrain from performing Ustrasana.
  • For those who experience migraines, Ustrasana may not be the best choice.

Benefits of Doing Ushtrasana?

  • Assists with alleviating many forms of back pain.
  • Promotes optimal thyroid function.
  • It flexes the spine, back, chest, and abdomen.
  • As it stretches the pelvic region, it can alleviate period pain.
  • As a bonus, it aids digestion and cuts down on belly, neck, and back fat.
  • Improving blood circulation activates brain cells, enhancing brain function.
  • Excellent for treating respiratory illnesses like asthma and bronchitis.