Ustrasana (English pronunciation: /uːˈstrɑːsənə/ oo-strah-sə-nə; Sanskrit: उष्ट्रासन; IAST: Uṣṭrāsana, Ushtrasana, or Camel Pose is an asana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words Ushtr, Uṣṭra) meaning "camel", and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat". It is a very deep backward bend performed in a kneeling position. Many people find backbends difficult or challenging, because bending backwards is not an activity with which most are familiar.
- Stretches the entire front of the body, the ankles, thighs and groins,
- Abdomen and chest, and throat
- Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas)
- Strengthens back muscles
- Improves posture
- Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck