Ride the Camel

Save Your Spine

The most common behavior that leads to spinal problems is an undue amount of sitting. Whether working or vegging in front of the television, your discs (the cartilage between vertebrae) end up getting compressed, causing a loss of circulation and eventually degeneration. This fun, simple exercise, known as camel pose, allows the discs to shift and open up to an enhanced flow of blood and oxygen.

Put your hands on your thighs, inhale and extend your chest up and out, lengthening your entire spine. Exhale and flex your spine in the opposite direction, in a slouching motion, moving the navel toward the spine itself. Repeat this motion, inhaling and extending the spine forward, and exhaling, lengthening it back. Continue for 1-3 minutes, and don’t forget to imagine yourself on a Camel Ride! When you are done, inhale deeply and hold the breath. With eyes closed watch the energy you have created flowing up the spine, bringing vitality and releasing stress. Exhale and repeat the breath three times. You’re now ready to sit and meditate or go back to work relaxed and energized.

Video demonstration: Camel Ride

Recommended Read: Gotta Minute? Yoga For Health and Relaxation by Nirvair Singh Khalsa


Gina commented on 28-Dec-2009 06:27 AM5 out of 5 stars

Love this! I do exercises daily for my back but I love the ease of this one and also the 'watching of the energy' at the end. Thank you.

Gina commented on 28-Dec-2009 06:28 AM5 out of 5 stars

Forget to say one thing - It would be great if you had a 'tweet this' or 'share on facebook' button because it would make it so much easier to share - just a thought.

Yogamint Crew commented on 28-Dec-2009 07:26 AM3 out of 5 stars

Hi Gina, We do have a SHARE button right below every article that enables you to post it on social networking sites, email or blog it. There is also a PRINT feature if you'd like to share it that way. Contact us if you have any further questions. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Anonymous commented on 08-Apr-2010 08:51 PM3 out of 5 stars

Is this to be done while sitting, standing or ??

The Yogamint Crew commented on 09-Apr-2010 07:00 AM3 out of 5 stars

Camel pose is usually done sitting -- you can sit cross-legged on the floor, in lotus or even sitting in a chair.

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