Sunday, October 9, 2011

Salabhasana Kills your Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common concerns among most of the people these days. It is occurred by hours hunched over a keyboard in office or hustle and bustle throughout the day. Do you know this pain may also become the cause of mental stress? Salabhasana or Locust Pose is named in the ancient yoga texts and it is very beneficial for back pain. You can also get rid of the back pain in some days by doing Salabhasana. This asana is not only effective in back pain but also beneficial in various pain and diseases as it strengthens the back, booty, and the hamstring, areas of the body.

Salabhasana Kills your Back Pain
The muscles of the spine, buttocks, backs of the arms and legs are stretched and strengthened by Salabhasana. Locust pose helps in relieving stress. It is the type of back bend, or spine stretch and usually done after Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose. Locust pose is tricky and demands position to perform, and it not only recovers suppleness and coordination, but also beneficial in providing strength and stamina. This posture has two variations such as Ardha Salabhasana, and Poorna Salabhasana.

How to perform Salabhasana or Locust pose?

First of all lay down on the mat on your belly, with your legs together. Put your hands on the floor on any side of your chest with your elbows curved. Revolve your big toes toward each other to inwardly turn your thighs, and firm your buttocks so your coccyx presses toward your pubis. When you breathe in, lift your head, legs, and upper body away from the ground. Relax on your lower ribs, belly, and front pelvis as well as for support, keep your hands on the floor.

When you respire, try to rest your shoulders and the muscles in your booty. Place your head away from your toes, lengthening as much as you can through your spine. Lift your arms parallel to the floor and stretch back energetically through your fingertips. If weight is pressing down on the backs of the upper arms, then push it up toward the ceiling next to this resistance. Press your scapulas firmly into your back. Look onward or slightly up, being cautious not to jut your chin onward and crisis the back of your neck.

Maintain the base of the skull lifted and the back of the neck long. Release with an exhalation back to the mat, after staying for 30 seconds to 1 minute for five breaths. If you like then repeat it 1 or 2 times more after taking few breaths.

Benefits of Salabhasana or Locust pose:
  • It makes stronger the muscles of the back, particularly the lower back
  • It has benefits similar to the Cobra pose but it is even more helpful in the situations of sciatica and slipped disc
  • Increases spinal strength, flexibility and circulation
  • Enhances suppleness and tone of spinal muscles
  • Helps in relieving and turning away backache
  • Facilitates in curing or relieve rheumatism, lumbago, menstrual problems, and arthritis
  • Helps in curing loss of appetite
  • Gets better slow digestion
  • Raises abdominal pressure and standardizes intestinal function
  • Makes stronger the abdominal wall
  • Assist in correcting bad posture
  • Gets better functions of liver and spleen
  • Makes strong arm, shoulder, and back muscles
  • Compresses and opens spine
  • Relieves back pain and cervical spondylosis
  • Promotes concentration and perseverance
  • Arouses the autonomic nervous system

People may find it difficult in starting as their shoulder and elbow flexibility is not enough to let them to get the hands palm downward right underneath the body. People, who are suffering from cardiovascular ailments, high blood pressure, peptic ulcer, or hernia, headache, or serious back injury, must not do this posture. If you have neck injuries, then you should keep your head in a neutral situation by looking down at the ground and you might also maintain the forehead on a densely folded blanket.

Video of Full Spectrum Yoga Salabhasana for beginners from youtube:


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