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4/22/13 8:44 P

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Thanks PETALIA for sharing. Interesting way to look at it Bridge same as Camel only different orientation..ummmmmmmm......thinking......
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4/22/13 2:24 P

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I'm often lead by my yoga teacher from practicing a couple of Camels straight in to one Bridge followed by 5 or 6 Wheels. Today, as an aside, he mentioned that what we had just practiced, Camel, was the same pose as Bridge only the orientation is different. Why, so it is! I thought of this thread and felt compelled to share this bit of perhaps obvious information which seems mind-blowing to me.

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2/24/13 12:59 P

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"I do know this is one of the reasons I love yoga: I am coming to know my mind and body at such a deep and enriching level."


my thoughts exactly!!!

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2/24/13 12:01 P

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Right now my back flexibility is not up to wheel, but when I do a deep bridge and try to push up to wheel, I have none of the feelings I do in camel. I will need to think on this some more. I do know this is one of the reasons I love yoga: I am coming to know my mind and body at such a deep and enriching level.

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2/24/13 10:30 A

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Well, I used to be uber-flexible, but I was much younger then, and not so athletic....I think I love the yoga addition because it's helping me regain my flexibility, that said, I find camel easier to get to than wheel, I have a hard time with wheel, so give yourself credit for that! emoticon

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2/24/13 8:41 A

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Thanks for all of the great advice. I will talk to Rob when I get a chance and see what he says. It's funny, I love doing full wheel and have no problems with that, camel though-wow!

(I should note that despite any weight gain, I've always been hyper-flexible but not very strong, so those postures are easier for me. Any strength ones take extreme focus and breathing.)

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2/23/13 11:41 P

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I have only been practicing yoga for 6 months. I have only been able to reach my heels for camel once and it was very uncomfortable. I just go as far as I can with that and any other pose that doesn't work well with my body.

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2/23/13 10:02 P

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maybe there is something else that it is bothering, I would suggested Meditate in what scares you from the pose, listen to your mind and body; also talk to your instructor..to devise an approach that will help you to being able to do the pose, be patient with yourself. Namaste!

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 2/23/2013 (23:22)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

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2/23/13 7:13 P

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I can totally identify with you. The first feel times I tried camel, I almost threw up. I still get a bit of panic when I try it. I know exactly what mine is from.... the feeling of being vulnerable and safe is not a combination I seem to believe in right now. I modify camel, let the emotions that I can deal with arise and move on. Each time I find a little more belief that vulnerability and safety can coexist.

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2/23/13 6:12 P

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Maybe it was about a year ago I felt dread and panic every time when doing Camel. Yes, it was the opening of my chest as well as the vulnerability that comes from not seeing what's in front of me while pushing my hip bones forward. Yikes! Most of all it was the breath. I felt like I couldn't breathe at all. I focused on slow and steady Ujjayi breathing through the constriction of my throat while my head was all the way back. At a certain point, I got the hang of this other kind of breathing and I was able to relax into it. Now, I love when we do Camels. I say to myself, "Bring it on!" For me, learning to breathe deeply and slowly during Camel was the key. There must be modifications one can do to work one's way into a full Camel. Or, considering how profound your reaction to this pose is, something else entirely you could do instead and just try a bit of a modified Camel when you felt like it. It's your practice, your health and wellness. You can make the decision about how much and how often. Asking your instructor for some advice as well as communicating with them about this powerful reaction you're having seems important.

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2/23/13 5:31 P

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I can't say I have experienced that, but in my yoga for stress relief DVD with Barbara Benaugh, she does mention that opening the chest (they way you would in camel) is very frightening for some, and can be difficult because of the emotions it can bring up. Maybe that is what you are experiencing? Have you asked your instructor about this? Maybe they can share a way for you to work through your emotional difficulties with this pose.

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2/23/13 12:20 P

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I've been a practicing yogini for several years, and have studied and enjoy various forms of yoga. However, one asana that creeps up in just about all forms is camel pose, and I am having so much trouble overcoming the emotions that arise when I try to get into camel and stay in it for more than 2 seconds.

Today when camel was presented, I wasn't able to relax myself to even get into it, let alone relax and let the feelings arise and then leave. It's not a muscle or flexibility issue, it's 100% a mental block.

I know emotions run high, but I completley lost my focus and went from having an amazing class where I felt strong and calm to wanting out now!

Does anyone else have this reaction to a specific posture? Where it is mental/emotional vs. physical? Have you overcome it?

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