Ushtrasana

Ushtrasana – The camel pose

Ushtrasana

Ushtrasana

Introduction

Ushtra is a Sanskrit word which means camel. In this asana the neck assumes the pose of a camel. Therefore, it is known as ushtrasana – the camel pose. It is done following mayurasana.

 

Physical Benefits

  • Camel pose opens the chest, tonifies the kidneys and stimulates the respiratory, circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems.
  • The lower part of the body (lower back) becomes very flexible.
  • This asana helps in strengthening interior parts of the thighs, abdomen & chest.
  • It also helps in reducing excess fat on the hips and abdomen.
  • This asana also increases our capacity to hold the breath.
  • This asana is also very helpful in increasing our height.
  • It also strengthens our heart. It Gives a good stretch to the muscles of the lungs and chest.
  • Helps to reduce female reproductive problems at pelvic region.

 

Technique

  • Sit in Vajrasan
  • Stand up on the knees (keep a distance equal to the width of your shoulders).
  • Place your feet on the ground with soles facing upwards.
  • While breathing in hold the heels with both hands.
  • Bend your neck towards your feet.
  • Keep your breath normal.
  • Stay in this pose for 15 seconds. This duration can be increased up to 3 minutes.
  • Come back slowly and rest in Vajrasan.

 

Contra-indications

  • Hernia,or recent abdominal surgery. Recent or chronic knee, shoulder, neck or back injury or inflammation.
  • People with enlarged thyroid gland should not practice it.

 

 

 

 

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