Backbends can be scary when you’re getting started but this is one of those great starters. Camel Posture is one of the deepest back ends and makes you slow down, listen to your body and your breathing. This posture really forces you to listen to your body because doing anything else will surely get you hurt. Don’t let your ego guide you here, take your time and let your body praise you. Camel Posture is known as heart opening posture.
- Strengthens back and shoulder muscles.
- Improves flexion of the neck.
- Stretches the throat.
- Reduces fat on thighs.
- Opens up the hips.
How to achieve Camel Posture:
- Start by kneeling on your knees hip-distance apart.
- Lean back, with your chin slightly tucked toward your chest.
- Reach back and hold onto each heel. Your palms should rest on your heels with your fingers pointing toward your toes and your thumbs holding the outside of each foot
- Open your chest towards the ceiling bringing those shoulders away from the ears.
- If you can’t reach your ankles don’t worry, just grab a block or blanket for help until you get there—place the yoga blocks on the outside of the ankles
- Take the pose slowly, only going as deep as your body will allow without pain.
- If reaching to your ankles or the blocks is a little to far, you can keep your hands on the hips and you bend back
If you’re looking to practice Camel Posture, other basics postures or you want to go through a longer sequence, check out my YouTube channel. Follow along with the challenge on Instagram. Show how this posture works for you and post your challenge photo. Make sure to use the hashtags #yogawithmatr3moni #yogachallengewithmatr3moni
If you are interested in one-on-one sessions to learn more about your body, gaining flexibility, and creating a healthier lifestyle by adding yoga you can make an appointment with Matr3Moni.