How to improve locust pose – Shalabhasana?

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Shalabhasana - The Locust Pose
Shalabhasana - The Locust Pose

Introduction: Shalabhasana – The Locust Pose

The meaning of the sanskrit word Shalabha signifies locust or grasshopper. There is a variation of this posture called the Viparita-Shalabhaasana. The Sanskrit word viparita stands for “reverse.” Hence Viparita-Shalabhaasana means Reverse Locust or Grasshopper Pose.
It is generally  Pronounced as sha-la-bhah-sa-na.

Benefits of Shalabhasana – The Locust Pose

  • Increase the level of concentration.
  • remedies clumsiness of shoulder joint,  backbone and legs.
  • Give enough strength-ness  to lower backbone, abdominal muscle ,  prostate gland secretory organ and kidney.
    Boost up backbone flexibility.
  • Particularly advisable for remedying sciatica.
  • Rubs down the viscuses (internal muscles).
  • Ameliorates digestion process.
  • Tones up the arms and shoulders .
  • swadhisthana chakra of the body is aroused.
  • Step-ups the digestive burn.
  • Beneficial specially for spinal cord, thigh, lower vertebra and stomach.

Precaution for Shalabhasana – The Locust Pose

  • Pregnant woman should avoid this asana.
  • People who are troubled or suffering from backbone troubles, TB in intestine, stomach ulcer, harnia should refer to doctors or yoga expert prior to exercising this asana.

Steps for  Shalabhasana – The Locust PoseShalabhasana - The Locust Pose

1. Lie down flat on your stomach turning your head one of the side and put your arms beside your body  such that your palms are facing upward.
2. On turning  your head, place your chin touched on the floor.
Put your hands below your thighs and the palms of the hand should be compressed softly against the top of your thighs.
3. Breathe in tardily then arouse your head, chest, and legs away form  the floor as higher as achievable
4. Sway your head as back as possible, keeping  your feet, knees, and thighs pressed out unitedly.
5. Get your attention to all part of your body,beginning from top of the head to the feet,  relax the pose  prior to going forward on to the next step.
6. Stay on in the pose whilst controlling the breath. You are able to hold your legs by your hands supporting  your thighs.
7. Carry the pose for  breathed in atleast for 30-40 sec and then tardily bring back the legs, thorax, and head down to the floor while breathing out.
8. Move out your hands from below your thighs and put your  arms beside your body. Turn your head to any of the side and relax.

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