Why do I always begin to feel queasy when I am in camel pose? Is there a modification I can do to avoid this sensation?
Thank you, Shannon, Mobile, AL
Backbends are very cleansing poses that release a lot of toxins. Sometimes this release can cause dizziness, headaches and nausea. Breathing improperly (caused by leaning back to far and holding your breath) or straining your neck (again, leaning back too far) can also exacerbate these uncomfortable sensations. Before you move into camel pose, be sure you are properly warmed up by doing a couple of heart opening and backbending poses. Locust pose and bow are great warm up postures that can be practiced before camel.
If you are still experiencing dizziness or queasiness, try a very gentle heart opening pose by laying on the ground with a block underneath your upper back (in between the shoulder blade area) and another block underneath your head to support your neck. This stretch will open and lengthen your chest muscles and help you receive the benefits of Camel pose without the uncomfortable sensations.