Full Locust Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Full Locust Pose Mean?

Full locust pose is a basic backbend that strengthens the spine, improves flexibility and aids in digestion.

To enter the pose, lie face-down on the floor with the hands by the sides and the chin touching the floor. Turn the palms down and lift the legs off the floor without bending the knees. The chest lifts and, if possible, the hands clasp behind the back to deepen the stretch in the spine.

Full locust pose may also be referred to as poorna-salabhasana in Sanskrit.

Full Locust Pose


Yogapedia Explains Full Locust Pose

Full locust pose is one of the 12 basic poses of Hatha yoga. This pose is a relatively gentle backbend, but its fullest expression (full locust pose) can be very challenging. In this deeper expression, both legs are lifted off the floor as high as possible. Advanced practitioners can even place the feet on the head.

Practicing full locust pose offers amazing health benefits, some of which include:

  • Stretches and strengthens the spine and back
  • Strengthens the core
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves digestion
  • Tones abdominal organs
  • Aids with sciatic conditions and slipped discs
  • Relieves fatigue

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