POSE OF THE MONTH CAMEL
" Camel is a hugely emotional posture that releases much stress and anxiety from the chest. It invigorates the nervous system and helps to heal many different spinal ailments"
- Laura McDonald
The camel pose brings so many wonderful benefits. As well as being a great way to keep the spine healthy it also opens the whole front side of the body. It is one of my favourite backbends, and I practice it pretty much every day.
How to come into the posture:-
Stand on your knees with 6 inches (or hip-width distance) between your knees and feet.
Place your hands on your lower back, fingers facing down, thumbs outside, little fingers inside.
Take a deep breath and drop your head back as far as it goes. It’s important to relax the neck here and not tense up.
Go back half way and stop in the middle.
It’s perfectly okay to stay in this halfway position, especially if you are new to Yoga. The hands on the lower back will give you some support and a feeling of stability.
When you feel ready, reach down one hand at a time and grab your heels, thumbs outside, fingers inside. A full grip with the palms acts as an anchor, allowing you to push stomach, legs and hips forward, creating the backbend.
Breathe normally throughout, in and out of the nose.
Feelings of dizziness are very common for beginners, so it’s important to take it slowly and make sure you are not holding your breath.
Hold the posture for around 20 seconds. To come out, reverse the way you went in. It feels great to lie on your back in Savasana after coming out of the pose.
🐪 Creates maximum compression of the spine, which stimulates the nervous system
🐪 Improves flexibility of the neck and spine
🐪 Relieves back problems
🐪 Opens the rib cage to give more space for the lungs
🐪 Flushes fresh blood through kidneys
🐪 Good for vocal disorders, via stretching of the throat
🐪Letting go of fear and being more confident in day to day life
🐪 Camel is a hugely emotional posture that releases much stress and anxiety from the chest. It invigorates the nervous system and helps to heal many different spinal ailments
🐪Helps regulate Kapha and clear sluggishness
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura has been practising Yoga since 2005 and qualified as a Bikram Yoga Teacher at Bikram’s Yoga College of India in Palm Desert, California in 2009.
Since then she has taught full time all over London and beyond.
More recently she travelled to Vancouver, Canada to train with Yin Yoga teachers Bernie Clark and Diana Batts and is finding that this slower paced, meditative form of yoga is an excellent compliment to the more 'Yang' style practice of Bikram Yoga.
What Laura likes most about the yoga she teaches is it’s accessibility to all body types, all ages, all shapes and sizes and all abilities. She is committed to helping people find the therapeutic benefits of a yoga practice for themselves.
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