#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 3

Ustrasana/Camel

Welcome to our #WellnessWednesday yoga primer. Yoga is a wonderful way to become attuned to your body and increase circulation and flexibility. Each week I'll offer you a pose with benefits and instruction.

 

Week 3:Ustrasana/Camel

 

Benefits:

Stretches entire front of body including hip flexors, thighs, and abs.

Helps make the spine more flexible

Strengthens the back and the legs.

Can also help correct posture

 

Foundation & General Alignment:

Tops of feet, fronts of ankles and shins are the base.

Feet and knees are hip distance apart. Feet and legs are active, muscles engaged.

Pelvis is over the knees with the thighs vertical.

Buttocks toned but not gripping.

Even curve in the spine, do not collapse in the low back.

Keep arms straight with hands on heels. Placing hands on hips is a helpful variation.

Actively stretch head back, support throat by slightly lifting chin. Common problems

Most at risk: low back, knees, neck.

Feet not properly aligned. 

Hips not over knees.

Neck collaspes back.

 

Modifications:

Tuck toes for beginners.

Keep hands on hips/sacrum.

Place the thighs and pelvis against a wall.

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