Salabhasana

Definition - What does Salabhasana mean?

Salabhasana is a backbending asana that opens the front of the body and strengthens the back of the body. Its name comes from the Sanskrit, salabha, meaning “locust” or “grasshopper,” and asana, which means “posture” or “seat.”

It is performed lying on the belly then lifting the upper or lower body off the ground, depending on the variation chosen. The arms and legs remain straight.

Salabhasana is also known by its English name, locust pose.

Salabhasana

Yogapedia explains Salabhasana

Along with improving strength and flexibility, salabhasana is thought to relieve fatigue and stress. It is thought to relieve stress because it reverses the action of slouching forwards, thus alleviating fatigue in the physical body caused by too much sitting.

Traditionally, salabhasana is believed to bring balance and alignment to the muladhara (root) chakra, which is at the base of the spine. As such, this posture is associated with restoring feelings of security, and helping the yogi to feel grounded. It may also help to stimulate the manipura (navel) chakra due to the pressure on the abdomen, which traditionally is associated with inner-strength and self-esteem.

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