Locust Pose

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Salabhasana

In Sanskrit, “salabha” means a grasshopper or a locust and “asana” means yoga pose.

 

How to: Locust Pose

Before you begin, you may wish to insert a thick pad below your pelvis and ribs so it’s comfortable for you while lying on the ground. Start with lying on your belly, your arms at your sides, with the palms facing upwards, and forehead gently on the ground. Press your tailbone towards the pelvis as you firm your hips.

While exhaling, slowly raise your head, upper torso, and legs upwards from the ground. Your body weight will be focused on the lower ribs, belly and front pelvis. Slowly increase the length of your legs. Your big toes should be turned towards each other.

Now you should lift your arms while they are parallel to the ground and then stretch them with your fingertips. You should be facing forwards while maintaining a look of pride, with a lengthened posterior neck. Do not raise your chin forwards; otherwise you might end up crunching your neck.

Remain in this position from 30 to 60 seconds. Slowly exit while exhaling and bringing your raised body parts down. You may now rest for a few breaths and then repeat if you want to.

 

Benefits of Locust Pose

The Shalabasana can offer the following list of benefits once it’s added to your daily yoga poses list:

  • Provides strength to muscles of the spine, buttocks, arms and back of legs.
  • Stretches the chest, shoulders, thighs and belly.
  • Enhances and improves the overall body posture.
  • Stimulates the functioning of the abdominal organs.
  • Relieves stress and tension.

For newcomers to yoga, Locust Pose is effective in targeting many body parts like the hips, hamstrings, calves, lower back, lungs, upper back, neck and upper arms. If you find this yoga pose difficult to perform, you may add the following variation: simply place your hands just beside your shoulders and press your palms strongly into the ground to help you raise your torso. Once the torso is lifted, you may now swing them back to the right position of this pose. Regarding the legs, you may lift them one by one if you have trouble in raising both of them simultaneously.

For advanced users or yogis, the Shalabasana Pose is therapeutic in correcting problems like fatigue, flatulence, constipation, indigestion and lower back pain. You may deepen the pose by bending your knees and making your shins perpendicular to the ground. Now as you raise your torso, try to get your knees as far as possible from the ground.

Tennis elbow is a common complaint that is greatly alleviated by daily practice of the Locust or Half-Locust Pose.

Refrain from practicing this pose or consult your yoga teacher first before trying in case you suffer from the following conditions or ailments:

  • Serious injury in back
  • Headache
  • Serious neck injury

Feel your new relaxed and active back as you come out of the Locust Pose.