Locust pose, Salabhasana, is one of many backbend poses. This pose isn’t for the faint of heart and does take some time to master. So if you don’t get it in the first couple of tries don’t get down on yourself. Remember some of the other poses we have done like child’s pose and transition into it for a couple of breathes and try again. Locust Pose is an intermediate backbend pose that tones and strengthens the whole body. This pose does provide the foundation for deeper backbends such as wheel. It is also a preparation pose for other poses such as Bow and Upward Dog. When practicing this pose, it will give you the correct alignment to deepen your backbends with grace and ease.
Locust Pose increases your flexibility throughout the entire back of your body, your spine, legs, buttocks and upper torso. Lying on your belly creates enough pressure to positively stimulate your abdominal organs. This helps to relieve any digestive issues like indigestion, constipation, and flatulence. Working your upper back muscles improves your posture and relieves stress from slouching forward. While lifting your torso, helps open your lungs and improves breathing.
To successfully to locust pose, you want to start by lying on your stomach with your arms at your side. Rest your head on the mat and fully extend your legs behind you, keeping the hip width apart. Begin to raise your head looking forward, while lifting your chest and arms (keep your arms alongside your body and with your palms facing down. Use your inner thighs to lift your legs towards the ceiling; your weight should be resting on your lower ribs, belly and pelvis. Begin to draw your shoulders into your back ribs and extend them away from each other. You can also bring your arms to the front of you and reach forward while keeping your legs lifted through the inner thighs. Hold this pose for a minute. To release, on an exhale, slowly let your body down to the ground.