Day 3 Ustrasana  

Camel Pose

 

 

 

 

Ustra is Sanskrit for 'Camel' – Asana is Sanskrit for 'seat' or 'pose.' So Ustrasana (Ooh-stra-sun-aa) is Camel Pose. This backbend is named after a Camel since it makes our body resemble a camel hump. It is also thought the name may derive from the way acamel bending its knees and folds its legs beneath its body to sit.

Ushtrasana is a backbend performed in a kneeling position. It strengthens and builds flexibility in the back and opens the front of the body; the abdomen, chest and throat.  Eventually the hands connect with the feet. Not only is it a potent and powerful posture on its own, it helps to pave the way for doing deeper back bends because it  teaches us crucial alignment and activation techniques.

 

 The lesson Ustrasana has to teach us is one of surrender as it demands we search and open our hearts. To do this we must let go of fear and self-doubt and embrace our own vulnerability on the path to empowerment.

 

BENEFITS:

Ustrasana stretches the front of the body, particularly the chest, abdomen, quadriceps, and hip flexors. It improves spinal flexibility, while also strengthening the back muscles and improving posture. This pose creates space in the chest and lungs, increasing breathing capacity and helping to relieve respiratory ailments. Ustrasana also stimulates the kidneys, which improves digestion. This pose energizes the body and helps to reduce anxiety and fatigue. 

Known as a “heart opening” yoga pose, Ustrasana stimulates and balances both the fourth and fifth chakras, located at the heart and throat centers, respectively. In many practitioners, the heart and throat centers are often closed off and protected, as evidenced by slouching, lowered chins, and poor posture. For this reason, practicing Ustrasana can sometimes stir up emotions in the practitioner more than other poses. It is important to keep a calm awareness of your feelings when practicing this pose; fear of your emotions can create stiffness in the body and may lead to injury.

Do not practice this pose if you are currently experiencing high or low blood pressure, insomnia, or a migraine. Also avoid this pose if you have a low back or neck injury. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.

TIMETABLE

Monday

9.45pm Pilates Bannatyne`s Luton 11.30am Yin Yoga Archer's Hitchin

12.30pm Tai Chi Archer's Hitchin

6.45pm Pilates Venue360

8pm Yoga Bannatyne`s Luton

Tuesday

11.15am Pilates Venue360 Luton

1pm Pilates Corporate Class

3pm Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre 

7pm Pilates Dunstable Centre 

8.15pm Yoga Dunstable Centre

Wednesday

6.15pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

Thursday

10.45pm Mature Moves Bannatyne's Luton

12pm Meditation Bannatyne's Luton

2pm Yoga Venue360 Luton

8.15pm Pilates HRLC

Friday

11am Pilates Venue360 Luton 

12.30pm Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre

3.15pm Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre 

6.30pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

Saturday

8.30am Yin Yoga Archer's Hitchin

9.30am Hatha Yoga Archer's Hitchin 

10.30am Tai Chi Archer's Hitchin

2pm Pilates North Herts LC

3pm Yoga North Herts LC

 

Sunday

8.50am Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre

(every other week)

10.15am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton 

11.15am Yoga Bannatyne´s Luton  

4pm Pilates Houghton Regis Lc

5pm Yoga Houghton Regis Lc

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