Camel Pose or Ustrasana (from the Sanskrit, ustra: 'camel' and asana: 'posture') is a very intense backbend performed from a kneeling posture. This posture stretches the whole front of the body and the hip flexors. Camel Pose is a great way to improve posture as it promotes flexibility of the spine, opening of the shoulders, and hips. It also develops core strength. Particular attention needs to be paid to the neck area in this posture. The final expression of the pose will vary according to the flexibility of the practioner with some very advanced variations seeing the head rest between the feet.