YogaClub August Challenge Day 3: Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Camel Pose, or Ustrasana in Sanskrit, is a major backbend/heart opener which means this pose can bring out lots of emotions and vulnerabilities. Benefits: Stretches abdomen and quads, strengthens gluten, invigorates and energizes
How to: From a kneeling position bring your hands to your low back for support, squeeze your glutes and push your hips forward as you lower your chest and head back. Option to bring your hands down to your heels or reach back. To come out, bring the hands back to your low back for support and slowly rise up. Sit back on your heels or take child's pose very slowly.
To spice it up: This is also a big pose but modifications include using a block to squeeze between your legs to remind you to keep pressing forward OR to start from hips on your heels, place your hands on your heels and get into the pose by pressing your hips forward. Additionally, a great way to keep your glutes engaged and low back protected is to take the pose with a block between your legs (see below!)