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Learn about Salabhasana (Locust Pose) & their Benefits

Salabhasana or the locust pose resembles the locust that is why it is named after it. This pose is the seventh basic pose of the hatha yoga posture series. This backbend is highly recommended for its strengthening and flexibility enhancing features. It seems easy and simple at the first sight but you will find it more interesting and challenging once you get into it. Here we will learn about this so called baby backbend and its amazing benefits.

IMPLEMENTATION

To get into this position you should follow the following steps:

CAUTIONS

Tip for beginners

VARIATIONS

You can challenge yourself more by deepening the pose. Bend your knees at right angle when you lift your legs instead of leaving them completely stretched. When you lift up your torso then try to move your bended knees away from the floor as far as possible.

BENEFITS

Strengthen lower body

This is just opposite of the cobra pose which emphasizes on the strengthening of upper body. This pose works on the muscles of the spine, glutes, pelvis, abdomen, quads, hamstrings and ankles. It also has moderate affect on the upper body especially on shoulder and neck regions.

Improved digestion

This is the most common but best outcome of a backbend which involves stretching of abdominal muscles. This pose not just stretches the abdominal muscles but its whole stability depends on it because the body is balanced by the muscles of rib, abdomen and pelvis during this pose. Therefore, abdominal muscles play a crucial role in getting the effective results from this pose. This pose improves the digestion and removes the gastrointestinal gas problems.

Improves excretory system

The organs in the pelvic region like urinary bladder, reproductive glands, uterus etc. gains strength from regular practice of this pose and their functionality also improves with time. An efficient renal system means better detoxification of the body which directly and positively affects the absorption of the nutrients of the body. You will get clean from inside.

Strengthens upper legs

The upper legs are the most benefitted part of this pose and it makes them stronger. This backbend relieves stress and fatigue from the legs which becomes tired by bearing the body weight throughout the day. Removal of stress makes you energized and charges you up to do your favorite physical activities like trekking, running, jogging etc.

Gives you mental peace

Yoga is known for its soul healing features and this pose is also known as a meditation pose. You mind gets rid of unwanted or cluttered thoughts while you focus on balancing your body during the pose. This helps in calming down your mind, body and soul which helps in improving concentration, memory and focus.

Better stability and balance

It takes lot of practice to lift up both legs simultaneously without any support and it demands better balancing and coordination of the body parts. Regular practice of this pose improves the stability in your body and its balancing ability.

Therapeutic affect

Regular practice of this pose prevents the onset of many age related problems and also cures some chronic problems like sciatica, persistent lower back pain etc.

Shape up the body

This simple but challenging stretching exercise helps in shaping up your buttocks, legs, calves, back and shoulders. The stretching of abdominal muscles helps in melting away the fat deposits around the belly and gives you washboard abs. This pose also helps in proper and efficient regulation of acid – base balance in the body which makes your body healthy and makes your skin radiant.

Challenging pose

This pose seems to be very simple but it is often difficult to perform because it requires your body to turn itself upwards and outwards. The toughest part is to hold the pose for longer duration and then deepening the pose. Thus, if you are looking for a beneficial, interesting but highly challenging workout then this is certainly for you.

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