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Strike a Yoga Pose: Camel

The Camel pose is great for increasing flexibility in your lower back, and for opening your hips, quads, and chest.
Here's how to get into the pose:

  • Kneel at the front of your mat, keeping your knees under your hips (hip distance apart). Look back and make sure your shins, ankles and feet are parallel to each other.
  • Put both hands on your hips, and gently arch back, just beginning to warm up your lower back and quads.
  • When you're ready, reach your right hand down towards your right foot.
  • Stay here for 5 breaths and then switch sides, or bring your left hand down, so that both hands are reaching for both feet.
  • Stay here for 5 breaths, pressing your hips forward, and dropping your head to look behind you. Try to keep your knees under your hips - they like to slide out wide.
  • Come up slowly, sit on your heels, and lean forward into Child's Pose.
  • You can do it with your hands by your feet, or stretch them out in front of you, like Kermit.

Fit's Tip: This is a great prep pose to open up your back and warm yourself up. Find it easy? Then check out Fit's Yoga Challenge #2 in the Yoga Challenge Suite.

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Magmarashi Magmarashi 8 years
This is great
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I have done this. Great idea, fitsugar.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Is there anything Kermit can't do? You gotta love Kermie.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
Awww...Kermit makes it look so easy! Maybe not having a skeletal structure helps:)
DStirk DStirk 10 years
this pose seems pretty easy...camel hum. If kermit can do it, then I guess I can too.
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 10 years
He needs it after dealing with Miss Piggie, I guess.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Awww, Kermie. This looks like it feels GOOD.
iffermay iffermay 10 years
Kermit is superfit! I love him.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Great question Moni B. Opening your hips is great for preventing injuries when you do other things like skiing and running. It's also great since they are connected to your lower back - opening your hips can alleviate back pain.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
:rotfl: @ Kermit!
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
did I miss something? what's up with Kermit?
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
What exactly are the benefits of opening your hips? ~M~
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