A lot of time we focus so much on what the end pose should look like that we lose sight of the energy lines that we should be feeling in a pose. In every yoga pose, there is always a balance of energy, which gives that impression of effortlessness.
Kind of like Newton’s law, for every action there is an equal an opposite reaction. So if you feel like you’re sinking in a pose, you’re probably lacking that uplifting action to balance the energy.
For Camel Pose, often time we focus just on being able to touch the feet (picture on the left). In the process the energy sink down - the hips move all the way back, the chest sinks and the arms are heavy on the legs. You end up feeling heavy and perhaps drained off energy. Instead, this pose should give you a sense of lightness.
Just like all yoga poses, Camel pose should feel balanced. There should be an equal sense of grounding and lifting. Few things you can try to really feel this sensation:
• First find the grounding in the legs. Tuck the tailbone down and feel like you’re trying to press your knees together although they are hip width distance apart. This amplifies the sense of grounding
• Then find the uplift, which starts from the legs. Rotate the thighs inwards and try to stretch the entire front of the thighs upwards - you should feel your hip flexors and the front of your hips stretch up
• Continue that sense of lifting by stretching the front of the body and lifting the chest. Don’t think about going back. Instead think about lifting the chest up towards to sky, creating space in the entire spine.
• As you start to feel the energy upwards, then start lengthening the front of the throat back.
• Balance that movement of energy back, by pressing the hips and thighs forward.
• Lastly, maybe the palms lightly touch the heels (you can either tuck the toes or keep them flat). If not, keep the palms supporting the lower back throughout.
Remember it’s not about the fingers touching the heels, it’s about lifting the chest and creating length in the spine.
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