Yoga Postures - Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)

Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)


A) Both arms are placed on the ground (palms facing up) while the head is placed on them. (Some practitioners place the hands beside the shoulders under the chest (palms down).

B) Inhale, raising legs off the ground. Contract the buttocks muscles and stretch the thigh muscles. The back and stomach muscles are doing the lifting, not the hands and head.

C) Breathe naturally; if the body begins to tremble, the posture is being held too long.

D) Exhale, gently lowering the legs to the ground.

Benefits: This pose improves digestion and heals physical weaknesses. The sun-fire at the navel that draws the nectar flow from the crown is blocked. This removes the effects of old age; thus retaining a youthful appearance. The posture is good for malabsorption, the gastrointestinal system, and sore throats.