Shalabhasana - The Locust Pose

Shalabha means grasshopper or locust.

In Shalabhasana we lie down on the floor with our stomach / chest down. Hands on the side, chin on the floor, fist slightly closed, and we raise our legs from feet upward, with no bending at knee and be in the pose for 5 to 11 breathe.

In this pose our hind is up like a grasshopper tail, so it is called locust or grasshopper pose.

People suffering from lower abdomen issues, hernia or appendicitis, should either avoid it or do this pose under proper guidance.

Shalabhasana helps
  • Strengthens lower back
  • Helps in preventing lower back pain
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps to relieve gas troubles and feeling of heaviness after meal
  • Improves toning of bowel
  • Helps in curing constipation
  • Helps in preventing sciatica

Bhujangasana - The Cobra pose

Bhujanga means snake. In bhujangasana we raise our upper body to look like raised cobra hood so its called bhujangasana or cobra pose.

Lie down on the floor, on the stomach and chest. Bring both palms on the side of your body, near chest with elbow bent. Raise your upper body slowly with the help of your back neck muscle and back muscles. Be in that pose for 5 to 11 breath.

Upper body to be raised only with help of back and back of neck muscle, no support of hand need to be taken to raise our upper body.

This asana should not be done if you have pain due to hernia, appendicitis, ulcer in abdomin or have severe neck ache or severe back ache.

In Bhujangasana, muscles of neck, chest and abdomen are stretched and muscles of our back and back of neck are contracted. In this pose our vertebra are raised upward and backward. Benefits
  • Improves posture.
  • Strengthens back and back of neck muscles.
  • Flexibility of spine is maintained or increased as blood circulation in the vertebral region is improved, nerves in the region are stimulated.
  • Toning of intestine improves.
  • Health of glands situated in neck improves.
  • It helps in increasing lung capacity.
  • It helps in curing indigestion and constipation.

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