Ardha Salabhasana B
Definition - What does Ardha Salabhasana B mean?
Ardha salabhasana B is a simpler variation of the backbend salabhasana, although slightly more challenging than ardha salabhasana A. The name comes from the Sanskrit, ardha, meaning “half”; salabha, meaning “locust”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.”
Ardha salabhasana B begins in a prone position with the chin on the ground. The arms are extended forward with one arm resting palm down on the mat and the other lifted, while the chin and opposite leg are also lifted off the ground. Both arm and leg are lifted only as high as they can remain straight without straining the back. If this version is too intense, the yogi should practice ardha salabhasana A. In the A variation of the asana, the arms rest alongside the body and the chin remains grounded while one leg is lifted.
In English, this pose is known as half locust pose B.
Yogapedia explains Ardha Salabhasana B
Traditionally, ardha salabhasana B is believed to stimulate and balance the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) and manipura (solar plexus) chakras. Svadisthana is associated with creativity, sexuality, pleasure and joy. Balancing this chakra leads to feelings of abundance and wellness. Manipura is associated with the power of transformation. Balancing this chakra boosts self-esteem, confidence and motivation while instilling the yogi with a sense of purpose.
The pose also improves focus and concentration while calming the mind and has a range of physical benefits, including improved posture, toned abdominal muscles and increased flexibility.
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