Sanskrit Name: Laghu Vajrasana

This pose increases flexibility in the spine, strengthens the legs, and opens the chest and throat. Those who may have neck, back or knee injuries should take extreme caution while performing this posture. Camel pose is a less intense backbend and has a similar shape to that of the Little Thunderbolt. Please see below for step-by-step instructions for a variation of Laghu Vajrasana:

Round #1

  1. Come to stand on the knees
  2. Press the tops of feet and shins into mat
  3. Take hands to hip and gently press hips forward
  4. Lean the upper body back until you feel your quads fire
  5. Hold for 3 full rounds of breath
  6. Come back up to neutral and sit up and back on your heels
  7. Press hands into quads for natural traction in low back

Round 2

  1. Come to sit up on the knees
  2. Come to stand on the knees
  3. Press the tops of feet and shins into mat
  4. Take hands to hip and gently press hips forward
  5. Drop left hand to grasp right above left ankle, thumb points inward
  6. Drop right hand to grasp right above right ankle, thumb points inward
  7. Lean the upper body back as far as you can, keeping the back bend without collapsing
  8. Gaze behind you, opening up the throat
  9. Hold for 3 rounds of breath
  10. Gently come out of the backbend
  11. Take right hand to right hip
  12. Take left hand to left hip and come all the way back to neutral
  13. Sit back on the heels, child’s pose

**In The fullest expression of this posture, the hands will grasp the front of the knees.**

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