Locust Yoga Pose: Salabhasana
Hot to do this pose: To practice Locust Yoga Pose lay on your stomach on the mat, leg together hands at your side forehead on the floor. Lift the head and stretch the chin forward and rest the outstretched chin on the mat. Either leave the arms by your sides with palms turned down or lift the thighs so the arms are stretched straight underneath the thighs with palms facing down. When arms and chin are securely set, power up the spine and legs for action. Inhaling raise the legs, knees and feet together. Focus on maintaining balance to keep the hips level. The abdominal muscles are softly engaged and the chin touches the mat throughout the pose. Exhaling, slowly lower the legs. Release the chin and rest the forehead on the mat. Rest here a minute. Repeat the pose 2-3 times. Rest. When there is success moving into and out of the pose with slow deep breaths, the pose can be performed and held for a few breaths before exhaling and lowering the legs.
Modifications: Try lifting one leg at a time first before lifting both legs. If the buttocks muscles and hamstrings are not yet strong a Yoga strap can be fastened around the thighs to help keep the legs together until strength is earned from practicing the pose regularly. If the shoulders are not yet flexible enough to face the palms down in Locust Yoga Pose make a fist instead and let the palms face upward until the shoulders gain mobility.
Benefits: The lower back is strengthened with consistent practice in this is pose. It is a wonderful counter pose for those who sit all day. The pelvic muscles are toned and the organs of the pelvis and abdomen are massaged. Relieves backache and stiffness. Strengthens calves, hamstrings, buttocks muscles and back muscles. The front of the neck muscles are stretched and the natural curve of the neck vertebrae encouraged. Improves coordination, stamina and stimulates appetite.
Precautions: Those with high blood pressure, weak heart, ulcers or hiatal hernias should avoid this pose.
May all beings everywhere be happy and free, namaste.