Salabhasana - Locust Pose

The term Salabhasana is derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Salabha’ meaning ‘grashopper or the locust’ and ‘asana’ meaning ‘pose’.It is back bend, or spine stretch which improves flexibility and coordination and increases strength and stamina.
Benefits : Strengthens the muscles of the spine, buttocks, and backs of the arms and legs
Stretches the shoulders, chest, belly, and thighs
Improves posture
Stimulates abdominal organs
Helps relieve stress

People with neck injuries are advised to keep their heads on the floor or on thick folded blanket.
Note: A good beginner’s tip for Locust Pose is to concentrate on the lengthening of the spine. It’s not important how high you lift up.
Avoid doing this asana. Read this section carefully before you do it.
People suffeing from Back, neck or spinal injuries should not practise this pose.

How to do this asana:

Lie down on the floor on your belly. Now place your hands on the ground below your hips. Place them in such a way that your palms rest on the ground.Now lift up your head a little. Lift up your upper body, thighs and legs off the floor.Rest your body on your belly and remain steady in this position.
Step 1: Lie on your stomach with your arms alongside your body, palms facing up. Your forehead or chin rests on the floor.
Step 2: On an inhale, lift your feet, legs, hands, arms, chest and head off of the mat, lifting as high as you can.
Step 3: Rest your body on your belly and try to balance your body in this position
Step 4: Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation. Take a few breaths and repeat 1 or 2 times more if you like.

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