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Ardha Ustrasana – Half Camel Posture

By Prana Yoga | In All Yoga Postures, Back Bends, Vajrasana Group | on June 13, 2014

Ardha Means half, Ustra means camel. This posture is for beginners who cannot do Ustrasana.

Ardha-Ustrasana-Half-Camel-Posture

Steps:

  • Sit in Vajrasana. Separate your knees  and feet about hips width apart.
  • Rise up on your knee with the arm to the sides of your body.
  • Twist to the right and try to hold your left heel with the right hand.
  • Stretch the left arm infront of the head so that the hand is at eyebrow level.
  • Push the hips forward and try to keep your thighs vertical.
  • Stay in the posture for about 30 seconds breathing normally, return to the starting point and repeat the same on the other side.

Benefits:

  • Helps to increase chest size and lung capacity.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs.
  • Improves the function of the respiratory system. Beneficial for people suffering from Asthma.
  • Loosens the vertebrae and stimulates the spinal nerves.
  • Relieves backache, rounded back and drooping shoulders
  • The front of the neck is fully stretched so it stimulates the thyroid gland.
  • Increases blood circulation to brain.
  • Helps to improve Posture.
  • Improves digestion.

Contraindications:

  • People with severe back ailments such as lumbago.
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