Ustrasana

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Ustrasana

Ustrasana (Sanskrit: उष्ट्रासन; IAST: Uṣṭrāsana), Ushtrasana, or Camel Pose[1] is a kneeling back-bending asana in modern yoga.

Etymology and origins[edit]

The name comes from the Sanskrit words उष्ट्रासन Uṣṭra, "camel",[2] and आसन, Āsana meaning "posture" or "seat".[3]

A different (standing) pose is given the name Ushtrasana in the 19th century Sritattvanidhi.[4] The modern pose is described in the 20th century by two of Krishnamacharya's pupils, Pattabhi Jois in his Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga,[5] and B. K. S. Iyengar in his Light on Yoga.[6]

Description[edit]

Ardha Ustrasana, Half Camel pose

Ustrasana is a deep backward bend from a kneeling position; the completed pose has the hands on the heels.[7]

The pose is one of the 26 asanas in the Bikram Yoga sequence.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoga Journal - Camel Pose". Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  2. ^ "Dhanurasana - AshtangaYoga.info". Archived from the original on 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  3. ^ Sinha, S. C. (June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  4. ^ Sjoman, Norman E. (1999). The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace. Abhinav Publications. p. 77; plate 9, pose 54. ISBN 81-7017-389-2.
  5. ^ Sjoman, Norman E. (1999). The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace. Abhinav Publications. pp. 100–101. ISBN 81-7017-389-2.
  6. ^ Iyengar, B. K. S. (1979) [1966]. Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika. Thorsons. pp. 87–88. ISBN 978-1855381667.
  7. ^ Pizer, Ann (7 February 2019). "How to Do Camel Pose (Ustrasana) in Yoga". Very Well Fit. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ "26 Bikram Yoga Poses". Bikram Yoga Poses Guide. Retrieved 25 April 2019.