September 08, 2013

Release Tension with Camel Pose

Camel Pose turns your chest into a hump like the one on a camel's back while stretching the entire front of your body, improving your posture, and stimulating your internal organs and neck. Best of all, it's a gentle backbend that's appropriate for all levels of practitioners-even beginners!

Here's how to try it:

Kneel on the floor with your knees hip-width apart and your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly into floor. Rest your palms on the back of your pelvis, with your fingers pointing down. Inhale and lift your heart as you arch back, keeping your thighs perpendicular to the floor and releasing your hands toward your feet. If you can't reach your feet without compressing your lower back, tuck your toes under and reach for your heels or reach for blocks set outside your feet. You can also keep your hands resting on the back of your pelvis for an easier backbend. Let your neck stay in a neutral position or drop your head back without crunching your neck. To come out, lead with your heart and sit back on your heels.


IN THIS ISSUE

Camel Pose

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/688

To Prop or Not to Prop

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/989


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