Shalabhasana - The Locust Pose
In Sanskrit "Shalabha" connotes 'locust'. The final posture resembles a feeding locust, head lowered and tail up, hence the name.
- Lie down on your stomach with legs close together and hands on the sides.
- Make sure your abdomen, chest and chin are touching the ground.
- Clench your fists and keep them facing upwards.
- Inhale and hold your breath.
- Taking support of the fist, raise both legs backwards straight up, without bending the knee.
- The body from navel upwards should be on the ground. The chin should be touching the ground.
- Raise your legs as much as you can.
- Hold the legs in the raised position for five seconds.
- Exhale slowly and bring your left leg down. Complete exhalation.
- Beginners should refrain from straining the legs while raising them.
- Practice Ardha Shalabhasana first before graduating to Shalabhasana.
- The clenching of fist should neither be too tight nor too loose.
- Hernia and cardiac patients should not perform Ardha Shalabhasana.
- The asana should not be practiced by expectant mothers.
- Muscles of lower back and legs get strengthened.
- It helps reduce flab from thighs, hips, waist, abdomen and buttocks.
- Waist becomes supple and resilient.
- Heart muscles get massaged and function well.
- Regular practice of the pose can get rid of a bulging tummy.
- Edema of ankles and feet can be treated with Shalabahsana.
- Regular practice of the pose increases lung capacity.
- Faulty spinal curvature is corrected.
- Person suffering from bronchitis can get relief with this yoga pose.