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April 27, 2015
The Benefits and Precautions of the Camel Pose
The camel pose in yoga is considered an intermediate or advanced position. It is a classic position that is graceful and inspiring to do. Students that are just beginning yoga should build up to this position with easier poses. Suggested poses to try before trying the camel pose are the Sphinx, Bow, and Cobra.
The benefits of the camel pose are many. It will stimulate the digestive system by stretching the stomach. The backward bend stimulates the nerves along the spine and helps with flexibility and movement. It stretches the muscles in the neck, back, arms, and shoulders. The camel pose improves posture so that you walk and stand with grace. It tightens stomach muscles giving you a trim look.
Other benefits of the camel pose are it strengthens arms and legs. It can relieve mild back pain and improve blood circulation in the body. It is helpful for respiratory ailments, cramps, anxiety, and fatigue. There are variations of the camel pose that you will learn with your instructor. It tightens the waist, hips, and thighs. When this pose is practiced regularly it will prevent injuries to the back. A great pose for athletes that want flexibility and movement.
It helps with breathing because you take more oxygen into the body. The camel pose increases blood circulation in the head and prevents hair loss. Also, it helps relieve stress leading to improved memory and concentration.
The camel pose should not be done by those with severe upper or lower back problems. Those that have a hiatal hernia, knee, or neck injuries should avoid this position. This pose is not for those that have migraines or high blood pressure. Always check with your doctor before trying any new form of exercise.
A qualified yoga teacher can instruct you to work up to the camel pose. Beginners are often taught how to warm up doing back bends and start with an easier position. The camel pose is an extreme back bend. It is known as the heart opener helping you to connect with emotions and find compassion for other people. The benefits of this pose are both physical and emotional.
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