In the 90 minute classes this term we have been exploring Ustrasana working with Ardha Ustrasana the half camel pose.
This is a back bending posture which strengthens the thighs, lower back and neck areas – all of which are considered in yoga to be ‘vulnerable’ areas of the body which we need to take extra care of. Other benefits of this asana include –
– stretches pectoralis and abdominals
– strengthens glutials and adductors in legs
– opens the hips and chest spaces
Please don’t attempt this posture if you are a beginner to yoga or if you have specific problems with the ‘vulnerable’ areas (knees, low back or neck) – it’s best to work with a qualified (British Wheel of Yoga if possible) teacher in small classes so that they can get to know you and your body and they can help you to practice yoga in the safest way possible.