Camel Pose


What is Camel Pose?

Camel pose, or ustrasana, is a beginner's backbend that opens the chest. From a kneeling position, the spine and head are arched back while the hands rest on the heels. Camel pose both stretches the back and improves posture.


  • Start in a kneeling position with your knees as wide as your hips. Tuck your toes under.
  • Exhale and lean back. Rest your hands on your heels. Keep your hips over your knees.
  • Breathe normally while holding the pose.


  • Avoid if you have had a back injury.

Benefits of Camel Pose

  • Stretches the back and spine
  • Relieves backache
  • Improves posture
  • Relieves constipation

Camel Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Ustrasana
Pronunciation: oosh-TRAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Backbends, Chest Openers

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