Yoga Backbends: 6 Keys to Healthy Alignment in Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Updated: Mar 3

By Allison Ray (Schleck) Jeraci

Yoga backbends are like a magic trick. If you keep your eyes on the spine, you miss out on what the rest of the body is doing. Seeing a big, beautiful spinal curve in Ustrasana (Camel Pose) is mesmerizing. However, in this gracefully executed posture, one might overlook the degree of flexibility in the front body, the actions of the feet and legs and the stability of the pelvis to support the mobility of the spine.

Let’s take a look behind the magician’s screen at these crucial alignment keys to practicing Ustrasana.

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