half camel

ardha ushtrasana

Half camel opens and stretches the shoulder and upper arm, opens the chest and stretches the low back.

Half camel stimulates the respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems.

From a kneeling position, come up onto both knees, placing them hip width apart.

 Place the palms of the hands on the sacrum with the fingers pointed down.

 Inhale and press the knees down reaching the crown of the head up to lengthen the spine.

Exhale and press the hips forward, squeezing the buttocks and thighs and supporting your weight with the arms as you bend backwards.

 Very carefully reach the right hand down to the right heel.

 If you cannot reach the heel, keep the hand on the sacrum.

 Inhale and reach the left hand up and back towards the back wall.

If it feels safe drop the head all the way back. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

Slowly bring both hands back to the sacrum.

Repeat on other side.

To release: slowly bring both hands back to the sacrum.

With both hands on the sacrum, slowly inhale up, letting the head and neck be the last to come vertical.

Place a folded blanket under the knees and ankles to protect them from pressure and stress.

Have the upper arm reaching up towards the ceiling rather than towards the back wall.