Ardha Shalabhasana

‘Shalabha’ is the Sanskrit word for locust. ‘Shalabh-asana’ is so called because, while performing it, the body assumes a posture which resembles a locust. When this asana is practised with one leg, it is called ‘Ardha Shalabhasana’.

Technique :

  • Lie on the stomach with the face down on the ground.
  • Stretch both the arms beside the body and clench the fists lightly.
  • The hands can also be placed under the thighs.
  • Inhale and retain the breath till the completion of the asana.
  • Pull the body and raise either of the legs by about 30 cms off the ground.
  • Raise the leg as high as possible. St etch the soles of the feet.
  • Hold this position for five to thirty seconds.
  • Then slowly bring the leg down on the ground.
  • Exhale very slowly. Repeat this exercise with the other leg.
  • This asana can be repeated six to seven times.

Advantages of Ardha Shalabhasana:

  •  As far as the spinal bend is concerned, this asana is inverse to Pashchimottasana. This asana gives twist backwards to the spine.
  •  Bhujangasana develops the (half) upper part of the trunk, while Shalabhasana develops the remaining lower part of the trunk.
  •  It is very useful in extricating waste matter accumulated in the intestines.
  •  It cures lumbar pain and reduces excessive fat formed around the knees, the thighs, the waist and the abdomen.
  •  It gives good exercise to the abdomen. The kidney, the liver, etc. become active. It strengthens the ovary.
  •  It cures constipation, gas-trouble, indigestion, dysentery, acidity and other abdominal disorders.
  •  The practice of this asana counters tendencies to piles. It removes the aches of the soles of the feet and cures the disease of the appendix.

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