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Strike a Pose Saturday: A Camel Pose for Everyone [VIDEO]

Thought I would do something a little different this week.

People learn in many different ways. Simple pictures and reading works great for a lot of people but for those of us who are  more "visual" learners a video is very helpful. So, here it is: Tips and modifications for Ustrasana, Camel Pose … in a VIDEO!

It is very important that you warm-up before you practice this pose. 3-5 rounds of sun salutes should do the trick. Also, a counter pose after you practice Ustrasana is important to balance the stretch and stabilize your core and your spine. A great complimentary pose for Camel is Sasangasana, Rabbit Pose. Also, Balasana, Child's Pose or simply hugging the knees into the chest will serve this purpose.

In this video I offer modifications for every level and alignment tips to get the most out of your Camel efforts. Remember, yoga is not about achieving an idealized or "final" pose (that's just a myth anyway) but more about what you learn along the way. In other words it is not the pose but how you approach the pose that matters. Patience, acceptance and an open mind are helpful. Compassion and honesty and a sense of playful curiosity are good things to bring to your practice, too.


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So, there you have it. Please post your questions and/or comments below. Also, if you ever have a request for a video or tips for a specific pose, just let me know!

Lots of Love,


By the way, please practice safely. These articles express my opinion and while I have over a decade’s experience with hatha yoga practice, intensive teacher trainings and hundreds of hours of teaching, always consult your physician before beginning any exercise regimen and to find out what activities suit your uniqueness. Because you are special and doggonit … I like you.

4 thoughts on “Strike a Pose Saturday: A Camel Pose for Everyone [VIDEO]

  1. YogaforCynics says:

    My experience with camel pose has been interesting. At first, and for a long time, it was one of those seemingly hopeless poses–my fingertips were probably six inches from my feet and didn’t show much promise of getting any closer. But, then, one day, something just let go–all of a sudden, I was wrapping my palms around my heels (with the toes untucked, no less). It strikes me as a perfect example of how something that seemed like a physical impediment I couldn’t do much about turned out to be largely just a case of holding back…

  2. callah says:

    cool vid!
    One thing I found helpful when learning to do camel was coming right up with the front of thighs against the wall- that way you know how far to bring your hips forward (your thighs should still be on the wall when your in the backbend). And blocks behind you is another great modification vs. a bolster for studios that might not have them!!

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