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Shalabhasana – Locust Posture

By Prana Yoga | In All Yoga Postures, Back Bends, Core Strengthening | on June 29, 2014

Shalabh – Locust

Shalabhasana - Locust Posture

Steps:

  • Lie flat on your stomach, with the legs and feet together, toes pointing back.
  • Interlace your fingers and place them under your body (as in photo). Stretch the chin forwards and place it on the ground.
  • Inhale, push the hands against the ground and lift both legs up using the lower back muscles (keep both legs together, thigh muscles engaged and toes pointing back).
  • Hold the position for as long as comfortable without straining, breathe normally.
  • Exhale, lower the legs.
  • If performing dynamically then inhale lift the legs up, hold for one breath, then exhale lower the legs down. Repeat 10 times

Modifications:

  • Place your hands under your thighs, with the palms facing down

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the lower back.
  • Massages the pelvic organs.
  • Relief from back ache, mild sciatica and slipped disc as long as the condition is not serious.
  • Tones and balances the functioning of the liver, stomach, bowels and other abdominal organs.
  • Improves appetite, and digestion
  • Tones the hip muscles.

Contraindications:

  • Weak heart
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary thrombosis.
  • Peptic ulcer,
  • Hernia,
  • Intestinal tuberculosis.

 

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