Ustrasana, Camel Pose, is such a beautiful yoga pose! This was one of the first backbends I learned. It is great pose to open the shoulders and lengthen the core, and strengthen the legs and the back. And, talk about a heart opener- there is an element of surrender and a sweetness as the heart lifts and the spine extends. It also has its challenges! A symmetrical pose, Ustrasana can teach you a lot about the left and right sides of your pelvis, spine and core strength (Can we say Bandhas???). And, of course, you are moving back in space, so move slowly, and take the head back last. Use this sequence to prepare for the final pose: The first 4 poses can be sprinkled into Sun Salutations. The last three poses can be repeated. Modify Ustrasana by keeping the hands on the sacrum, or take hands to blocks on either side of the ankles. Finish with a twist and a stretch for the hamstrings for a full practice. Take it slow and don’t forget to breathe!