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Ustrasana | Camel posture by yoga teacher Caroline Klebl

Ustrasana, camel posture by Caroline Klebl on the beach in Kerala, India during a yoga teacher training and ayurveda retreat in India. Ustrasana is a backbending yoga posture in the second series of Ashtanga yoga. The posture is entered from the downward facing dog posture, by jumping forward between the hands on the knees. Place the hands on the hips and inhale lift the ribcage. Exhaling drop the shoulders back, arch the spine back and drop the hands onto the tops of the feet, with the fingertips pointing in the direction of the toes. Reach the chin up and back and practice Brumadya dristi, by looking up into the forehead. Breathe deeply in Ustrasana for 5 to 10 breaths. Then inhaling reach the ribcage forward and up, raising the head last. Hop back into chaturanga dandasana, the staff posture. Inhale into urdhva mukha shvanasana, upward facing dog posture and exhale into adho mukha shvanasana. Practice Ustrasana often. Enjoy the camel posture!

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