Ardha Shalabhasana: Half Locust Pose
In Sanskrit, ‘Ardha’ refers to half and ‘Shalabha’ refers to locust, hence the name the half locust post. Experts suggest that the half locust pose can be effective in reducing weight by dissolving extra fat from your abdomen, waist, hips, thighs and the posterior. ‘Ardha Shalabhasana’ can also correct hormonal disorders in female by stimulating the ovaries and uterus. This asana can also stimulate the spleen and liver and can control diabetes.
How to Practice ‘Ardha Shalabhasana’?
- You can start this asana by lying in prone position with your hands under the thighs and palms facing upwards.
- Keep your legs straight with toes pointing to the back.
- Raise your head slightly and rest your chin on the floor so that this can stretch your neck muscles.
- Pressing the palms down, while breathing in, lift your left leg backward and as high as possible. You may want to keep your other leg straight. Try not to bend or twist your hips.
- You can stay in this position for 4-5 breaths or as long as you feel comfortable.
- While breathing out, slowly lower your left leg back to its original position on the floor.
- You can repeat the procedure with the other leg.
While performing ardha shalabhasana pose, you may want to focus your attention on your breath. If you have weak spine or back problem, you may want to practice this asana gently. If you have problems related to hernia, stomach ulcer or such other ailments, you may want to consult an expert before performing this asana.