Updated: Mar 3
By Allison Ray (Schleck) Jeraci
A yoga strap is an effective tool to use when practicing Ustrasana (Camel Pose). This backbend requires a great deal of proprioception, the internal ability to sense one’s body positioning and movement in space. This can be difficult because we must detect parts of our body that we may be entirely disconnected from, such as the back of the body or our pinky toes.
To generate more awareness in the body, we can utilize a strap to give our body clear feedback. The sensory receptors can perceive and internalize the pressure from the movement of the strap so that we can gain sensory awareness even when the strap is not there. We will explore three ways to use a strap in Ustrasana.