Shalabhasana name comes from the Sanskrit, “Shalabha ” meaning “Locust”,and “Asana”, meaning “Posture”.
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Steps with breathing
Shalabhasana Steps with breathing
1. Begin with the prone position lying on the mat on stomach, rest the forehead on the ground and place the hands on the ground below the inner thighs.
2. Now slowly place the chin on the floor and using the strength of your hands and back muscles, raise the left leg as high as possible reaching the toes away from the hip sockets, keeping the other leg straight relaxed and in contact with the floor. Maintain the pose from 30 seconds to a minute.
3. With exhalation, bring the left leg down and repeat the same with the right leg.
4. Release your hands and neck and relax in makarasana.
Adjustments of Shalabhasana
1. Chin on the ground.
2. Palms facing downwards toes should be in contact with the floor.
3. Keep both the legs straight with the toes pointing outwards throughout the practice.
Variations of Shalabhasana
1. With the support of the right leg raise the left leg as high as possible and repeat on the other side.
2. Poorna (Full) salabhasana where both the legs are raised.
1. Shalabhasana is an excellent asana for strengthening the back muscles and pelvic organs.
2. It tones and balances the functioning of the liver, stomach, bowel and other abdominal organs and stimulates the appetite.
1. Should not be practiced by the people with weak heart, high blood pressure.
2. Pregnant women and
3. Those who have undergone any recent abdominal surgeries.