Full Body Stretch with Locust Pose

Locust Pose is also Known as Salabhasana.locust pose

About the Locust Pose / Salabhasana

This pose is done while lying on the floor with your face down. It is a relatively easy pose to perform.

Benefits of Locust Pose / Salabhasana

* The pose helps you to stretch your belly, chest, shoulders, and thighs.
* It helps you strengthen the muscles of the backs of the arms and legs, buttocks, and spine.
* It stimulates organs located in the abdominal region.
* It also helps you relieve stress.
* Lastly, the pose helps you improve posture too.

The pose has also found in the therapeutic treatment of the following ailments:

* Constipation
* Flatulence
* Fatigue
* Indigestion
* Lower-back pain

How to do Locust Pose / Salabhasana?

Step 1: Prostrate yourself on the floor with your stomach beneath you. Your arms should be at your sides. The palms should face the ceiling.

Step 2: While remaining in the same position, make a gentle attempt to lift your head.

Step 3:
 Simultaneously lift your shoulders and arms off the floor as well.

Step 4: Now comes the difficult part. While holding your chest and your arms off the floor, make an attempt to lift your legs as well. The eventual outcome of this would be that your entire body weight would be balanced only on your stomach and ribs.

Step 5: Hold the position for about a minute.

More about Locust Pose or Salabhasana

A word of caution! 

The pose is not to be performed if you are suffering from any of the following ailments/injuries:

* Serious back injury
* Headache
* Neck injuries

Practitioners suffering from a neck injury do not need to look up during the pose. Alternatively, they can also make use of a folded blanket placed beneath their head for support.

A Tip for beginners

Lifting your shoulders and arms off the floor is the biggest challenge for beginners. They do not need to do it all at once and can break it down into two stages- the shoulders and then the legs. To lift their shoulders they can make use of their wrist and forearms. Lock your hand in the position for continuous support. After that you can lift your leg. You can do them alternatively as well.

Use of Props

The pose is not easy to perform, especially for beginners. Balancing would be their biggest cause of worry. A prop such as a folded blanket can be used to attain the requisite balance. Place the folded blanket placed just beneath your chest. In a likewise manner, you can place a folded blanket underneath your thigh to get that support.

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