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your descriptions of the poses are wonderful. It would be so great if there was a speaker button, so we could literally HEAR the words as we do the pose. Hard to read it and do it at the same time, or remember all the details as we are doing it.


I was always taught to let my head go back all the way (like in your picture) but my new yoga instructor wants us to position our heads so we are looking at the horizon. Is this wrong? It really strained my neck to hold it up.


Should the belly be relaxed? I find a vast difference in this pose depending on wether the belly is slightly tensed versus totally relaxed. IE, relaxed creates a very intense dizziness and naseau (not necessarily bad; it may indicate something in the body needing work) and prevents depth in the pose, while if I choose not to relax the belly totally and tense it slightly, I can go very deep into the pose and acheive the sharp bend in the middle spine without much difficulty (in a sense, the pose feels too easy this way).


@Dawn, engage your inner thighs and mentally think of squeezing the thighs toward each other without actually moving the placement of your legs (hip distance apart). If that's too difficult, make it easier by putting a block between your thighs so you have something to physically squeeze. That should take the pressure of your knees.

@Jacqueline could be that your body isn't quite ready for this pose yet. Also, if you have blood pressure issues, anything inverted (heart over your head) would make you dizzy. The breathlessness is something to be practiced. Anything you push your body, your heart rate will go up. Practice lots of seated meditation. Remind yourself to breath the same, deep breaths when you move from pose to pose. The best way to ease into a pose is to get your body slowly used to the sensations. Doesn't mean that it's never going to work for you, just will take time.


This pose also leaves me dizzy and nauseous. I had to stop this pose in my class today because I thought I was going to through up.


This pose really hurts my outer knees. I have asked several instructors about it and nobody really has an idea of why.


My instructor often prepares us for this pose in rabbit. Almost immediately after, I feel dizzy and breathless when I begin to move into camel. Any suggestions for a better preparatory pose? I'm starting to think that transition is too extreme for my head and neck, particularly in a hot yoga class.


what are different variations of this pose?


Once your head is on the floor, lower your back to the floor with your hands in namaste for a complete relaxation. Then show your yoga teacher how to do it!


When taking the head back you may find it useful to extend the chin forward first to maintain length in the back of the neck then trace a line with your chin up and back taking care not to strain your neck. This should assist with keeping the neck long and avoid compression in the back of the neck.

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