Camel Pose is a backbend that stretches the chest, abdomen, and quadriceps. It also stimulates your internal organs and improves spinal flexibility. Practicing backbends helps to improve your posture and helps you to stop leaning forward as you sit at your desk or drive.
Before You Begin: Put extra padding under your knees. If you have bad knees, you probably don’t want to do this pose.
1. *Rise up onto your knees, which should be hip-width apart.
2. Reach your arms towards the ceiling, and open your chest.
3. Reach your hands back one at a time to grasp your heels. If your hands cannot reach the heels of your feet yet, put your hands at the small of your back.
4. Bring your hips forward so that they are over your knees.
5. Lift your nose to the ceiling, which opens your throat. But don’t let your head hang, keep control of it.
6. To come out of Camel Pose, lift one hand at a time off of your heel and put it into the small of your back to offer support to your back.
7. Counter pose Camel pose with Child’s pose to get a good balance. You can also alternate back and forth between Camel and Child’s pose.
CAMEL NOTES: Make sure that you push your hips out in front of you. You should feel a nice contraction in your back and a stretch of your shoulders and arms. Remember to breath…inhale and exhale through your nose. Relax your face, and don’t fight or struggle with the pose. Make sure that you counter pose Camel with Child’s Pose.
*Disclaimer: As with any exercise regimen, consult your doctor or physician before you start. The Leisure Living Blog, its contributors, or listed resources are not responsible for any injuries.
© 2009 KaTrina Love