Half Locust Pose B
Definition - What does Half Locust Pose B mean?
Half locust pose B is a less intense and asymmetrical variation of locust pose, the foundational prone backbend and core-strengthening posture common in many styles of yoga.
To practice half locust pose B, the yogi lies on the stomach with the chin resting on the mat, the legs extended behind and the arms extended forward, palms on the ground. The chin then lifts off the ground, while one leg and the opposite arm are lifted as high as they can while still remaining straight. The pose is then repeated on the opposite side.
In Sanskrit, this pose is known as ardha salabhasana B.
Yogapedia explains Half Locust Pose B
As a backbend, half locust pose B stretches the spine, opens the chest and stimulates the nervous system. It is also believed to have these benefits:
- Increases circulation
- Improves digestion
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Opens the shoulders and throat
- Strengthens and tones the legs, abdominal muscles, buttocks and arms
- Improves posture
- Energizes the mind
Yogis who suffer from headaches, back or neck injuries or high blood pressure should skip half locust pose B. Those who are pregnant should also avoid this posture. To reduce lower back strain, a folded blanket may be placed under the pelvis.
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