Ustrasana gives immense benefits, from improving digestion to increasing flexibility

Shubhankshi Dobhal, an engineer-turned-Yoga expert, explains through simple steps how to do the Asana and what are its benefits


Shubhankshi DobhalShubhankshi Dobhal is not new to the readers of The Onlook. The engineer-turned-Yoga expert, who regularly shares Yoga techniques and their benefits with us, is at again.

This time, she explains about Ustrasana (Camle pose variation), which comes with a world of benefits.

On how to start it, she says, “Come to your knees with body upright and hips stacked over the knees and keeping your legs hip-width apart.”

Then she asks Yoga enthusiasts to place their hands on their heels one at a time and simultaneously, arch their back without straining their neck. She also advises to keep the neck in a neutral position.

For performing this variation, it is important to first be comfortable with the basic Ustrasana, according to Shubhankshi Dobhal.

“Hold onto your thumb of left leg with your left hand. Flip your grip and move your left leg upwards as much as you can,” she goes on to explain.


Then she asks people to slowly arch their back further and try to touch their left foot to your head.

“Maintaining your balance, lift your right hand and place it on your left elbow,” she says and adds: “Keep your breathing normal. Slowly release the leg and come back on your knees.” Repeat the steps for the other side, she concludes.

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Talking about the benefits of Ustrasana, she says, it stretches the chest, abdomen, quadriceps, and hip flexors improving spinal flexibility, while also strengthening the back muscles and improving posture.

Shubhankshi says the Asana creates space in the chest and lungs, increasing breathing capacity.

“By increasing the flexibility in your spine and relieving the tension in your neck, back, and shoulders, you increase the flexibility in your mind which helps with anxiety and stress relief,” she states.

The Yoga expert, before signing off, says the Asana improves digestion too.

(With inputs from The OnLook News Research Bureau)

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