CAMEL

HOW CAMEL BENEFITS YOU

  • Opens, stretches and nourishes tops of thighs and ankles.
  • Opens the shoulders and counteracts poor posture, drooping shoulders and hunched backs.
  • Lubricates and nourishes the spine. A healthy, happy spine is anti-aging.
  • Compresses lower back and sacrum which stimulates the kidneys and urinary bladder meridian channels. This in turn energizes, improves clarity of mind and helps reduce common fears.
  • The stretch through the thighs and stomach stimulate the spleen and stomach meridian channels. Which improves digestion and restores the health of our cycles such as sleep, breath and thought.
  • The Thyroid is stimulated and nourished if the neck is dropped back.

GETTING INTO CAMEL

There are a few ways to enter camel

Option 1

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  • Sit on your heels, place your hands behind you on the floor.
  • Slowly lift your hips forward, arching your back.
  • Your hands can remain behind you or rest on your heels.
  • If there are no neck issues, lengthen the neck and drop the head back. Otherwise head stays upright looking forward.
  • Stay in the posture for 1-2 minutes.

Option 2

  • Stand on knees.
  • Start with hands resting on the lower sacrum.
  • Stay right there or bring the hands down to rest on the heels.
  • Hips are forward and back arched.
  • If there are no neck issues, lengthen the neck and drop the head back. Otherwise head stays upright looking forward.
  • Stay in the posture for 1-2 minutes.

GETTING OUT OF CAMEL

Option 1
  • Walk the hands backward until you find yourself sitting on your heels.
  • Bring the chest forward and then the head if it was dropped back.
  • Fold forward into childs pose. Stay here for 2-5 minutes.

Option 2

  • Rise back into a standing knee position.
  • Bring the chest forward and then the head if it was dropped back.
  • Fold forward into childs pose. Stay here for 2-5 minutes.

CAUTION

Camel is a strong and at times a difficult posture that should be avoided if there are any spinal injuries. Elderly and those with neck problems are advised to seek guidance and support.

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