Ustrasana (Camel Pose) is a heart-opening posture that centers your mind, spirit, and physical body. In this video by Richard Rosen, you’ll learn more about the history of this classic backbend. To start, the traditional Camel Pose may not be the version you see in your practice today. Dive deeper into the facial movements, breath patterns, and contractions of this deep backbend—and you can experience the pose in a whole new way.

See also: Camel Pose, Deconstructed: 9 Exercises to Access Expansion in This Posture

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