How To : Camel

As you may have noticed, I LOVE backbends! However, they didn't always love me. (sad face)

But with a lot of practice, and even more patience, my body began to open up in ways I could never have even imagined for myself (happy face!!!) 

Camel, or Ustrasana, is a great backbend, that has so many options and modifications, so that you can begin to deepen your backbends no matter what level you are at. Follow along...

    Begin with the knees hip distance apart. Hands to the low back, gaze forward. OPTION : Toes can be tucked. PROPS : you can use a block between your knees to help keep thighs engaged. 

 

Begin with the knees hip distance apart. Hands to the low back, gaze forward. OPTION : Toes can be tucked. PROPS : you can use a block between your knees to help keep thighs engaged. 

    Focus on finding more of a LIFT from your sternum rather than just leaning back and thrusting the hips forward. OPTION : STAY HERE IF THIS FEELS GOOD!!! Maybe play with dropping the head back slowly, or closing the eyes.

 

Focus on finding more of a LIFT from your sternum rather than just leaning back and thrusting the hips forward. OPTION : STAY HERE IF THIS FEELS GOOD!!! Maybe play with dropping the head back slowly, or closing the eyes.

    Maybe you go a little further and drop one hand back to your heel, alternating arms, keeping the low back long, and the core engaged. OPTION : Tuck the toes under so the heels are lifted for a little extra height. 

 

Maybe you go a little further and drop one hand back to your heel, alternating arms, keeping the low back long, and the core engaged. OPTION : Tuck the toes under so the heels are lifted for a little extra height. 

    Maybe... just maybe... BOTH hands reach for the feet! Focus on breathing evenly, and not closing up the throat. Heart lifts higher and higher as the head reaches back. Yummy

 

Maybe... just maybe... BOTH hands reach for the feet! Focus on breathing evenly, and not closing up the throat. Heart lifts higher and higher as the head reaches back. Yummy

    Last but not least... SMILE!!! 

 

Last but not least... SMILE!!!