Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: November 28, 2023

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Ustrasana, also known as Camel Pose, is an intermediate level back-bending yoga posture that has its roots in ayurveda. This pose is believed to open the Anahata (heart chakra) and add flexibility and strength to the spine. It is said to be beneficial for improving digestion, relieving stress and anxiety, and increasing energy levels.

In ayurveda, Ustrasana is used to balance the three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It helps to reduce Vata dosha by calming the mind and body while stimulating circulation throughout the body. It also helps to reduce Pitta dosha by cooling down the body and reducing inflammation. Lastly, it helps to increase Kapha dosha by strengthening the muscles of the back and abdomen.

Ustrasana can be performed with or without props such as a bolster or blanket for support. To begin this pose, start on your knees with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Then slowly arch your back while lifting your chest up towards the ceiling until you feel a gentle stretch in your spine. Finally reach back with both hands to hold onto each heel while keeping your neck long and chin slightly tucked in towards your chest. Hold this pose for 30 seconds before releasing out of it slowly and gently.