Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
Salabhasana also known as the Locust can be performed as follows;
- Lie down on the floor with the front of the body touching the floor or in prone position in a straight line. Resting one side of your head on the floor.
- Bring your legs and feet together with the upper part of your feet on the floor and toes pointing backwards.
- Your arms must be in relaxed position besides you facing towards the ceiling.
- Place your chin on the floor, with the face straight ahead.
- Slowly slide down your left hand under left thigh and the right hand under the right thigh. With the fingers pointing towards the feet.
- Breath in. keeping the chin on the floor and pushing the back of your hands on the floor raise both your legs behind the body, and keeping the pubic bone on the floor.
- Breathe out bring the legs together and push the legs together and push the toes away from the body.
- Contract your buttocks muscles pushing the pubic bone and the sacrum down on the floor and raise the legs as high as possible from the floor.
- Rest the rams on the floor.
- Hold this posture for a few moments with chin on the floor and breathe normally.
- Breathe out lowering the legs to the floor behind the body. Relax the arms by sides with palms facing towards the ceiling. Rest your head on one side on the floor.
Benefits of this asana are:
- Provides strength to the legs and the lower back muscles.
- Helps in firming your buttocks.
- Aides in digestive problems and maintains the proper functioning of it.
- Helps in flexing the spine.
Precautionary measures that are very must in this asana are:
- Do not practice in case of any serious abdominal problems.
- Also care must be taken in cases of back problems.
- In case you are unable to raise both your legs of the floor at the same time you can even raise one leg at a time.