Shalabhasana – Locust Pose
What is Shalabhasana?
The name comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Shalabh’ meaning ‘Locust’ or ‘Grasshopper’ and ‘asana’ meaning ‘posture’.
1. Lie down on your stomach with legs close together and hands on the sides.
2. Your abdomen, chest and chin should touch the ground.
3. Keep your palms facing downwards.
4. Inhaling, press the palms against the floor, keep the legs straight and raise them as high as possible. Don’t bend the knees.
5. The body from navel upwards should be on the ground. The chin should be touching the ground.
6. Hold this position for 5 seconds or more, it depends on your comfort factor.
7. Exhale slowly and bring your legs down. Relax.
2. Heart muscles get massaged and function well.
3. It increases lung capacity.
4. The posture gets corrected.
5. Person suffering from Bronchitis can get relief from this asana.
6. It improves digestion.
7. It strengthens arms and shoulders.
Shalabhasana Dos and Don’ts
Don’t perform Shalabhasana if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma or a weak heart. If you have advanced arthritis of the hips and pain in the lumbar spine then also you should avoid doing this asana. Don’t do this asana if you are pregnant.
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