prone pressing the ground with the placed on either side of the chest and raise
legs together nine inches high in the air. This is called Salabhasana by eminent
The meaning of Salabha is locust in Sanskrit.
In the final position of this Asana the shape of the body resembles a locust
and hence it is called Salabhasana.
- Take prone lying position, legs together, toes of the
legs backward, sole towards the sky. Hands by the side, palms upward, fingers
together the ground.
- Folding both the hands at elbows bring them under
the shoulder (as in Bhujangasana) fingers together, pointing forward
raise both the legs upward slowly without bending them at knees, and maintain.
Then bring the legs down slowly.
- Salabhasana (Second techniqe)
only difference in Salabhasana practised traditionally is in the position of hands.
In this technique the legs are raised keeping hands straight by the side, closing
the fists and fingers towards sky. The remaining technique is same.
Benefits and Limitations:-
the begining (second technique) hands can be kept directly under the thighs which
makes raising of legs easier.
- The legs should not bend at knees.
While coming back to the original position bring the legs on the ground very slowly.
- This strengthens the muscles of lower abdomen.
This is beneficial in digestion and removes constipation.
- This gives
strength to the lungs.
- Those suffering from high blood pressure, heart
disease or having complaint of asthma, should not practise it.