Locust Pose – Shalabhasana
Locust pose increases flexibility of the cervical vertebrae and strengthens the lower back (lumbar vertebrae and sacrum).
How to come into the pose
- Lie on your side, interlock your hands tightly in front of you, and push them downward, below your pelvis (keeping your elbows as close as possible).
- Roll over to lie on your chest and look forward, chin on the floor.
- Keep your feet hip-width or even wider apart. Inhale and lift both legs off the floor as high as possible, pushing your shoulders and arms into the floor.
Coming out of the pose
Breathe out and gently lower your legs to the floor. Release your hands and relax into Crocodile Pose.
Regular practice in a steady and comfortable manner within a balanced yoga asana program
- stimulates the Solar Plexus Chakra and therefore stimulates and balances the functions of your stomach, gallbladder, liver, spleen, and pancreas;
- tones all digestive organs and improves digestion, through abdominal pressure;
- produces bodily heat and increases digestive fire;
- helps to control blood sugar levels through stimulating your pancreas;
- strengthens the biceps and deltoid muscles of your upper arms;
- strengthens your abdominal and lumbar muscles;
- strengthens and tones your buttocks and legs;
- stimulates your reproductive system;
- improves concentration and helps to relieve stress; and
- relieves hunchback and corrects posture.