Ultimate Bettie Page Yoga Backbend: Camel Variation

Bettie does a mean Camel Pose variation on the beach in a Miami shoot with Bunny Yeager!

Bettie does a mean Camel Pose variation on the beach in a Miami shoot with Bunny Yeager!

This is one of my all-time favorite Bettie pics and poses, a stunning expression of an advanced backbend that displays her incredible strength, balance and flexibility. For a full-on Bettie-inspired yoga workout, click the black bar at the top of this page to get a copy of the Bettie Page Yoga DVD. For a limited time, use code SPORTYBETTIE to save 20% off any order.

Here's how to do this Camel Pose with a Bettie twist:

This is an advanced stretch, especially for the lower back, so move into this pose cautiously. It's best to do this after a warm-up or at the end of a workout.

From Table pose, bring your right foot forward between your hands for a knee-down lunge. Next, extend and straighten your right leg for a runner’s stretch, keeping your left thigh perpendicular to floor like in Camel Pose. Take your hands to your hips to help yourself come up so that your upper body and left thigh are perpendicular to the floor. Lift your arms straight up, and then bend your left arm to place your left hand on the back of your head. Lift your upper body as you turn toward the right and reach your right hand up and then back toward your left heel.
 

Tip: Curling your left toes will make it easier to balance as you place your right hand on left heel. Hold for 3 breaths. Slowly and gently come out of the pose and back into Table before completing on the other side.

Enjoy!