From a high kneeling position, tuck the toes under (unless you want a deeper back bend) and take the hands to the lower back / sacrum. Gently open the heart centre as you tilt the chin and head and lean backwards.
This may be enough of a backbend for you or, if you want to go further, take the hands to rest on the ankles, keeping balanced, and reach the head towards the feet as you continue to open the heart centre upwards.
Notice what’s happening with the breath and, as well as aiming to continue with your longer exhalation and lower abdominal breath, Camel can be great for training the breath to the back of the lungs encouraging full thoracic breathing.
If it feels good, stay for five complete breaths.
Camel can help bring us new perspectives as well as offering the mood boosting benefits of backbends.
What do you like most about Camel?
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IF YOU’RE NEW TO YOGA AND DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THESE POSES, GO TO A YOGA THERAPIST OR INSTRUCTOR. IF YOU’RE NEW TO EXERCISE, CONSULT YOUR GP BEFOREHAND. ALWAYS HONOUR YOUR BODY’S OWN WISDOM