Definition - What does Salabhasana mean?

Salabhasana is the seventh of the 12 basic Hatha yoga poses. The name comes from the Sanskrit salabha, meaning "grasshopper" or "locust," and asana, meaning "pose."

To enter this asana, lie face-down on the floor with the palms on the ground. The legs and chest are lifted off the floor so that the practitioner is balanced on the torso. The hands clasp behind the body, bending the back and stretching the abdomen.

Salabhasana may also be referred to as locust pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Salabhasana

In spiritual practice, salabhasana activates the manipura (solar plexus chakra). This chakra is associated with willpower, energy and optimism. Energizing manipura through salabhasana can increase self-confidence and help the practitioner better control their emotions..

The additional mental benefits of salabhasana include:

  • Cures depression
  • Improves focus
  • Relieves stress
  • Calms the mind

Pregnant women and those with chronic back and neck conditions should refrain from practicing salabhasana.

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