Yoga Locust Pose - Salabhasana
About Yoga Locust Pose
Here is a backbend asana that lays emphasis on stretching and strengthening your abdominal muscles. So if you want a firm, strong stomach, the yoga locust pose is the one that you should be practicing regularly! Once you read the step by step instructions you might think that the locust posture is very simple. However, you must perform this pose with caution: The moment you sense pain or discomfort you should stop right there and take a break. It is highly advised that you perform the Bhujangasana, gomukhasana, supta virasana, Urdhva Mukha svanasana and virasana as preparatory poses to warm up the muscles before you start attempting the yoga locust pose!
Step by Step Instructions
Follow these simple guidelines to perform the yoga locust pose sequence!
- Lie on the yoga mat face down. Keep your arms on your sides and keep the palms facing upwards, towards the ceiling.
- Begin by gradually lifting only your head.
- Now slowly raise your upper body and arms along with your head.
- In the final step of the sequence, you must lift your legs off the mat as well. At this point your arms should be held parallel to the mat.
- As you keep both sides of your body raised, your focal points of body balance are your abdomen and lower ribs. Find your point of balance and hold the locust position for 30 seconds to 1 minute or for longer if you can.
The yoga locust pose has numerous health benefits! Let’s find out all about them.
- Builds up muscle strength in the spine, buttocks, arms and legs.
- A great stretching exercise for the chest, stomach, thighs and shoulders.
- Works on improving your posture.
- Acts as a stimulant for abdominal organs.
- Helps the mind and body to relax and unwind.
Things to Remember!
Individuals with back injuries, neck injuries or headaches should refrain from performing the locust pose, or should consult a qualified yoga professional for suitable variations for the yoga locust pose.