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How to have Camel Yoga Posture

Updated on February 26, 2016

1. Start by standing on your knees with either your toes tucked under or the tops of your feet flat on the ground. Place your knees, shins and hips about hip width apart, hands on hips.

2. Place some blocks, standing on end, immadiately to the outside of your ankles

3. Root down through the legs, feet and toes into the ground and then extend from the pelvis up through the top of your head.

4. Lern back and one hand at a time, take hold of the blocks with your fingers gripping the outside or backs of the blocks.

5. If you are more flexible you might forgo the blocks and bring one hand at a time to your heels. It's easier ( and safer ) to reach the heels with the toes tucked under.

6. Your head can stay upright if you want to be easier on your neck. In the standard pose, the neck is extended as in the image, with the front of the neck stretching. See the indications for more options.

7. When you come out of the pose the head is the LAST thing to come up

- Wait until your chest is completely upright before lifting the head. Or you can even bow the torso forward some before bringing the head up to protect the neck more. Lifting the head before the torso is upright can put dangerous strain on the neck.

Shortening

trapezius

gluteus maximus

posterior neck muscles

rhomboids

harmstrings

posterior deltoid


Lengthening

iliopsoas

pectoralis major & minor

quadriceps

serratus anterior

tibialis anterior

anterior deltoid

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