Yoga Three Reasons You Should Not Do Locust

Yoga Three Reasons You Should Not Do Locust



Locust – (Salabhasana)

When this pose is​ demonstrated it​ resembles a​ locust (grasshopper) moving its rear ends up and down,​ hence the​ name.

Locust is​ one of​ the​ backward bend asanas usually performed in​ a​ sequence; first the​ Cobra is​ practiced,​ than the​ Locust followed by the​ Bow. Locust is​ a​ posture which turns the​ body out expanding the​ chest to​ face the​ world. it​ is​ a​ very stimulating,​ powerful and dynamic asana,​ one of​ the​ most demanding but also one of​ the​ most unnatural posture in​ Hatha yoga.

The Locust pose requires the​ muscles of​ the​ lower back,​ abdomen and legs to​ work with each other to​ achieve the​ lift in​ the​ lower body.
Before attempting the​ full Locust try to​ do the​ easier version (Half Locust),​ which involves lifting only one thigh at​ a​ time instead of​ both of​ them simultaneously.
As a​ beginner you may not have enough strength to​ make any movement of​ lifting the​ thighs up but you will still benefit from the​ effort.
As an​ intermediate student you will be able to​ lift your legs higher than the​ beginner student but it​ will require more strength in​ the​ arms,​ forearms and shoulders.
As an​ advanced student you have to​ be careful not to​ hurt yourself by falling out of​ the​ posture by trying to​ toss yourself up into the​ full pose before developing sufficient strength and control.
To maintain this asana the​ intense whole-body muscular effort is​ needed.

Locust serves as​ a​ counter pose to​ Sitting Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana),​ Plough (Halasana) and Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana) which bend the​ spine forward.
This asana greatly compliments the​ Cobra (Bhujangasana),​ lifting the​ lower part of​ the​ body rather then the​ upper,​ but it​ is​ more difficult pose because it​ is​ less natural and more strenuous to​ lift the​ lower extremities (legs) from a​ prone position (lying face downwards) than to​ lift the​ head and shoulders.

Locust brings a​ large supply of​ blood to​ the​ kidneys,​ cleansing and regenerating them. it​ strengthens the​ shoulders,​ arms,​ pelvic organs and lower back muscles. it​ tones the​ muscles of​ the​ abdomen,​ tights and legs. it​ tones the​ sciatic nerves providing relief for people with backache,​ mild sciatica and slipped disc (as long as​ the​ condition is​ not serious).

However beneficial the​ Locust is​ there are some health conditions in​ which the​ Locust should be avoided.

Three important reasons (out of​ many) not to​ do Locust:

1) Person with High Blood Pressure is​ better to​ avoid this pose.

2) as​ the​ asana puts lots of​ pressure on​ the​ abdomen it​ is​ strongly advisable for pregnant women not to​ attempt this asana.

3) Anyone suffering from Peptic Ulcer should not do this posture.

Issued in​ the​ interest of​ people practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta,​ Yoga Expert based in​ London.




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