HOW TO: Locust Pose (Salabhasana)

Locust Pose

I used to not be a big fan of this pose because I wasn’t any good at it.  That’s the exact reason why I needed to be a bigger fan if it.  The poses that we struggle with the most are the ones we need to spend more time on as they’re often the ones our bodies really need. I’ve been trying to spend more time on this pose, but I’m still not doing it as much as I should.  This pose seriously strengthens the back body muscles which become really weak from living a sedentary lifestyle of sitting most of the day.

Instructions:

Begin lying face down on your yoga mat.

Bring your chin to the mat, legs together, and arms alongside your body.

On an inhale lift your head, chest, arms off the floor.  Press your pubic bone into the mat.

Soften your shoulders, keeping them down away from your ears.

Stay here, or use your leg muscles to lift your lower body off of the mat.

Expand your chest and lengthen the back of your neck. Option to interlace the fingers to open the chest and shoulders even more.

Hold for 30 seconds and then gently release coming to lying down on the mat and resting on one ear.

Benefits: 

Strengthens the spine, legs, glutes, and arms

Stretches and opens the chest, shoulders, belly, and thighs

Improves posture

Stimulates abdominal organs

Relieves low back pain

Helps relieve stress

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