Ustrasana (Camel Yoga Pose) – 15 Benefits and Contraindications

What is Ustrasana (Camel Yoga Pose)

  • In this asana, you bend back until the shape of your body resembles that of a camel
  • Ustra means “camel” in Sanskrit.
  • This pose is recommended for beginners, as well as for the elderly, because the balance of the final pose is relatively easy to attain.
  • This asana also helps people in sedentary occupations, whose work entails bending forward for long periods.

Benefits of Ustrasana

  1. Helps correct posture
  2. Improves blood circulation to all the organs of the body
  3. Tones the muscles of the back and spine
  4. Removes stiffness in the shoulders, back, and ankles
  5. Relieves abdominal cramps
  6. Regulates menstrual flow
  7. Enhances resistance to infections
  8. Stimulates the adrenal, pituitary, pineal, and thyroid glands
  9. Increases lung capacity, and helps maintain the elasticity of lung tissue
  10. Tones the liver, kidneys, and spleen
  11. Tones the spine, relieving lower backaches and arthritic pain in the back
  12. Helps prevent varicose veins by toning the legs, hamstrings, and ankles
  13. Helps correct a prolapsed uterus, by stretching the pelvic area
  14. Improves blood circulation to the ovaries and tones them
  15. Relieves menstrual pain and the symptoms of menopause

Contraindications and Cautions

Do not practice this asana if you have

  • Severe constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Hypertension.
  • Heart patients need to practice ustrasana with props