Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shalabhasan (Locust Pose)

  • Lie flat on your stomach, legs together and palms touching the side of your thighs with your chin on the floor, i.e. Simple Prone Posture.
  • Place your arms under the body as close to each other as possible, with the palms on the floor just under the thighs.
  • Stretch the chin a bit forward and keep it held to the floor throughout the asan.
  • Make sure your legs remain locked at the knees at all times.
  • Now while inhaling (Radhey), gradually raise both the legs together as high as possible, keeping them joined together throughout the asan.
  • Hold the pose for 15-20 seconds with normal breathing.
  • With an exhalation (Krishna), unhurriedly lower both the legs to the floor.
  • This is one round, try two more rounds.
  • Eventually, come into Balasan, or Matsya Kreedasan and relax for a while.
  • On breathing in and out along with the movements
  • On the pressure on the lower back and abdomen
  • On mentally chanting “Radhey Krishna” with every breath
  • It is extremely useful in the lessening spinal problems.
  • It boosts the nervous system.
  • It stimulates the digestive fire in the stomach.
  • It helps alleviate abdominal ailments. 
  • It balances the whole digestive system.
  • People with high blood pressure, heart maladies, hernia, ulcer, and diabetes should not do this asan.

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