What is it and benefits?
Camel Pose is an intermediate exercise that improves flexibility in the chest, shoulders, abdomen, and thighs.
Who should perform it?
This yoga exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers who have good CORE strength and adequate flexibility in the hips and legs. They should also be able to kneel for moderate periods of time without pain.
Kneel down on the floor. Stay erect and keep the shoulders, hips, and knees in vertical alignment.
How to Do the Exercise:
Place both hands on the hips where the buttocks meet the low back. Squeeze the shoulders together and point both elbows straight behind you. Inhale deeply. Push the hips forward while arching the back to the rear and focusing the eyes on the ceiling. Hold this position for 3-5 breaths. Return to starting position and repeat as desired.
Maintain good form throughout this exercise. Be aware of how your body responds to this exercise. It should be challenging, but not forced. Should any pain or discomfort be encountered during this exercise, discontinue it immediately.
To make this exercise more challenging, walk the hands down the back of the body and rest them on the heels. Hold this position for 3-5 breaths. Return to starting position and repeat as desired.