Salabhasana Locust pose is an excellent backward bending asana which has a specific influence on the organs, muscles and nerves of the pelvis, abdomen and chest. It is also particularly noteworthy for the fact that it is one of the few asanas that gives a direct massage to the heart.

Meaning of Locust pose (Salabhasana)

Salabhasana, is a simple back-bend posture in Yogasana. The name ‘Salabhasana’ is derived from the Sanskrit word Salabha which means Grasshopper or Cricket.

Shalabhasana complements bhujangasana (cobra pose), for bhujangasana exercises the top part of the body, while shalabhasana correspondingly exercises the lower half of the body. For this reason try to perform them one after the other.

How to do Salabhasana

locust pose (salabhasana)
Locust pose
  • Lie down on the blanket on the abdominal force. Make the palms of both hands semi-saddle and place them under the thighs.
  • Keep the chin steady on the ground by stretching slightly further. Relax the body, but keep it fully reflexive. 
  • Now keep both legs perpendicular together and breathe and raise the legs upwards. Pause as long as you can and bring down the legs while breathing. 
  • Relax the body. 

Time: Thus do this action at least 5 times. 

Some yoga teachers raise the head upwards and put the hands near the thigh. 

Meditation: On the vishuddhi chakra. 

Precautions: Patients with heart patients, high blood pressure, hernia should be patient.

Dynamic shalbhasan: Seekers who do not have the above diseases can dynamically do this shashalabhasan, since both legs have to be balanced together, so practice with full awareness.

Benefit of Salabhasana (Locust pose):

1. fixes the vacant space in the spinal cord.

2. TB with regular practice (Tuberculosis) does not occur.

3. Benefits of diabetic patients due to active clone gland.

4. Keeps the city healthy. Patients with sciatica and slip disk must perform this action.

5. makes liver and stomach functional. The patient of slip disc soon becomes healthy.

6. Bladder disease is cured.

7. Shalabhasana stimulates the whole autonomic nervous system, particularly the parasympathetic outflow.

8. the heartbeat and respiration rate are increased, the digestive system functions at a lower level, eyesight and hearing improves.

9.stretching the nerves and improving the blood circulation, allowing new oxygenated blood to circulate.

10. This asana has been found useful for relieving sciatica and mild forms of slipped disc.

11. All the abdominal organs are massaged. This massage is accentuated by the deep inhalation and retention of breath.

12. improving the functioning of lungs and heart.

Tips for beginners

Try to keep the shoulders as close to the ground as possible. Keep the chin in contact with the ground throughout the practice. Keep your legs straight there is a tendency to bend the legs when they are raised.

Ensure that your inhalation in the lying position immediately before doing the asana is as deep as possible. This ensures that you obtain the best possible massage of the abdomen, lungs and heart.

Try to allow the abdomen to sustain most of the body weight.

Limitations

  • This asana, compared to most other asanas, requires a greater degree of physical effort.
  • As such, people who suffer from coronary thrombosis or high blood pressure must take care. They should preferably practise ardha shalabhasana as a substitute.
  • Furthermore, if you suffer from hernia, peptic ulcer, intestinal tuberculosis and other similar ailments we advise you not to do this asana.
  • Shalabhasana has often been found useful for people who suffer from mild sciatica and slipped disc. However, you should take care, especially if your condition is serious.

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FAQs – Most asked questions

What is difference between Shalabhasana and bhujangasana ?

Shalabhasana complements bhujangasana (cobra pose), for bhujangasana exercises the top part of the body, while shalabhasana correspondingly exercises the lower half of the body. if you do bhujangasana after shalabhasana it give more benefits to you.

How many time i do loctus pose ?

At least perform 5 to 10 times round of loctus pose and maximum you want to do it depends on you.

What is the best time for loctus pose

Morning is the best time for do yoga if you wake up early in the morning then you can do this asana in morning with empty stomach.

but if you not a morning person you can do it in evening time after 1 hour of eating food.

What are the benefits of loctus pose

improving the blood circulation, allowing new oxygenated blood to circulate. improving the functioning of lungs and heart. makes liver and stomach functional. The patient of slip disc soon becomes healthy and much more if you want to know all benefits go the benefits section of our blog post.

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