Spiritual Awakening: intermediate yoga poses | day 21

“Paradise is not a place, it’s a state of consciousness.”


Camel Pose

Sanskrit: Ustrasana

How to do it


Kneel on the ground with your shins hip-width apart. Press the tops of your feet into the mat. Rest hands on your hips, thumbs near your lower back.


Take an inhale and press down into your shins. Elongate through the spine. On an exhale, reach your arms back toward your heels. Use the leverage to lift your chest up toward the sky and get a nice shoulder stretch.


Pro tip: Place your hand on two blocks or curl your toes under so you don’t have to reach as far.

The benefits


This backbend stretches the entire front of your body, from your throat to your ankles, and even helps strengthen back muscles.



To be concentrated means to live fully in the present.