Tips for Camel Pose

Camel pose is a big heart opener and a wonderful counter stretch to sitting too much. It may seem daunting at first, but give it a try.

It has been known to lift your mood, stretch your hips and thigh muscles and create courage as you carefully bend back and reach for your heels.

  1. Tip #1 Put a blanket under your knees for comfort first!
    To get into Camel pose come to standing on your knees, place your hands on your lower back, sacrum area as if your fingertips are slipping into your jeans pockets.
  2. Tip #2 – Keep your knees and thighs hip’s distance apart
    This will keep you more stable and secure
  3. Tip #3 Inhale as you look up
    This helps you lift from the low back, then tilt your head back and lean back reach your hands to your heels.
    If you make that connection, press your hips further forward. If you cannot quite reach your heels, curl your toes under for a little less back bend.

If you are tender in the neck area from whiplash or stiffness keep your gaze lifted rather than dropping the head back.
Stay in the pose for three to five breaths. Rest in an embryo version of child’s pose to counter stretch your spine.

The Ayurveda tip of the week
The Ayurveda tip of the week is to treat yourself to a self-massage every morning. Use oil or lotion and rub up and down the length of your long bones (arms and legs) in a circular fashion on your joints, belly and back. Do this for 2 to 20 minutes. This will stimulate your skin and help with circulation.

It’s always better to have someone else give you a massage. Did you know as a member at Power Yoga Palm Springs you get a discount on massages?

Let me know if you have any postures you would like to know more about or if you want to set up a massage you can do it online, call or email me and I will arrange it for you.

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