5 Reasons to Practice a Backbend Posture Favorite- Camel Pose

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

~Dr. Brene Brown

Camel Pose Backbend Posture
Teacher, Caity Garrison demonstrates Camel Pose a favorite Backbend posture


Backbend postures are a key component of any yoga class. These powerful postures epitomize yoga’s play with opposing forces. In a backbend, you must find balance between strength and softness to enter, hold and grow the pose. Below, we explain how to do Camel Pose- a favorite among backbends. Many people love it because the variations make it accessible to most students regardless of their flexibility and strength.


Called Ustrasana in Sanskrit, Camel Pose is a kneeling backbend posture that requires grounding (pushing down) through the knees, shins and the tops of your feet to create a foundation to lift your heart toward the sky, stretching the shoulders, chest and whole front of the body.

Benefits of Camel Pose include:

  • Stretching the entire front of your body, the ankles (in some variations), thighs, groins, abdomen, chest, throat and deep hip flexors
  • Strengthening your upper back muscles and deep core stabilizers
  • Stimulating the organs of your abdomen and neck
  • Improving your posture
  • Giving you an exhilarating rush

Additionally, as a backbend posture, Camel Pose can offer relief for some respiratory ailments, mild backache, fatigue, anxiety, and menstrual discomfort.



As MBS Yoga Instructor Natalie Flores describes it in the video above, Camel Pose begins with strength, control and focus, and then blossoms into an exhilarating posture which makes you feel both powerful and vulnerable at the same time.


Backbend postures can be a little scary at first: you’re tilting backwards into the unknown, reaching for the floor that feels so far away and our animal/emotional brains don’t like this kind of full frontal exposure. But it’s great practice to experience vulnerability in the controlled environment of a yoga class, and feel the corresponding courage that being vulnerable inspires.


For more information on a group class or personal instruction that’s right for your goals and schedule, check out the MBS Yoga schedule and pricing here. While group classes are great for all levels of yogi and a wonderful way to build community, private instruction is a fantastic way to develop a firm base of fundamentals as well as to accelerate growth within your personal practice. All of our teachers are available for private instruction.

If you are new to MBS Yoga, take advantage of our first week for $25 offer and see how we can help you be the best version of yourself- Mind Body and Soul.


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Lesley Ramsey


About the Author: Lesley Nicole Ramsey gets up before her chickens at least three days a week to teach 6am Yoga and Mind Body Soul Yoga Studio in King William. Getting up early gives her more time to grow vegetables, work on a memoir, and these days, watch lots and lots of Game of Thrones.