Ustrasana or the Camel Pose is an important form of backward bend asana that offers a lot of benefits for the mind and body. Included as a part of Vinyasa yoga, it helps to open heart chakra and boost flexibility and strength. Read on to learn more about this asana.
Here are the main steps that you need to follow while performing Ustrasana.
Here are the main preparatory poses that you need to perform before Ustrasana.
These are the follow-up poses related to Ustrasana.
Mastering Ustrasana can be difficult for beginners and therefore it is important to take things slowly during the initial stages. This can also assist in avoiding injuries. Do not strain your back or neck while you perform this asana. You can also use props to correctly perform this asana. Do not hold on to this yoga asana for more than twenty seconds during the initial stages.
The best time to practice Ustrasana is during the early morning. However, you may also do it during the evening if it is difficult for you to manage time during the early morning. In any case, make sure that your bowels are empty while you perform this asana. There should be at least a gap of about 4 to 6 hours prior to performing Ustrasana.
Ustrasana works as an excellent stretching exercise for the body which can open up the front section of the body, the hip flexors and the pectoral muscles. The asana also helps to tone the thighs, limbs, abdomen and chest. Therefore the whole frontal region and the sides of our bodies can get stimulated by this asana. Ustrasana can also boost the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, skeletal, lymphatic, digestive and endocrine systems of the body. This makes Ustrasana particularly beneficial for patients of diabetes, thyroid, parathyroid, asthma, bronchitis and spondylitis. Medical practitioners always recommend Ustrasana for patients who are struggling with kidney problems, reproductive problems or obesity. The asana can also work well for the patients of constipation, colitis and dyspepsia. Ustrasana is also an ideal asana for spiritual seekers. According to Kundalini yoga literature, this asana can help in the opening and awakening of the heart chakra.
These are the main benefits of practicing Ustrasana.
If you have the following conditions, it is important that you consult a yoga master before you start practicing Ustrasana:
If you are having migraines or insomnia, it is better to avoid this particular asana altogether.
So now that you know everything about Ustrasana, go ahead and start practicing it on a regular basis to achieve the best results.