- Compresses kidneys and adrenal glands to help reduce excess stress hormones.
- Sends fresh blood to the kidneys.
- Stretches abdominal organs, stimulating digestive system.
- Stretches the throat, thyroid gland and parathyroid gland.
- Stimulates the nervous system.
- Opens rib cage to allow for maximum expansion of the lungs.
- Maximum compression of spine, improving flexibility and circulation.
This is a posture where it's very normal, especially as a beginner, to feel dizzy, nauseous or emotional. The best thing to do is? Breathe. Immediately after you exit the posture, lie down in savasana (try to skip the water, handtowel, or whatever else you automatically reach for in that moment.) No worries, those feelings will pass- or you may even learn to like them! Backward bending this way is most likely a new sensation, and opening your chest, hips and throat can feel vulnerable.
Here's a video Peter and I shot earlier this summer with our special guest teacher Audrey Holst from Bikram Yoga Natick. I asked Audrey if she had noticed any trends among our students in the way we are practicing, and together we agreed that Camel pose could use some attention to make sure you all are getting the goody mentioned above, without causing strain or pain. Enjoy, and please let us know if these tips are helpful for you!