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Locust Pose Preparation

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I have to admit, prone backbends used to be my least favourite! So much efforts, but least dramatic shapes. You always see Wheel Pose on social media. Because it’s pretty, it has a WOW factor.

Locust pose? It’s totally “Meh” when it comes to “Effort vs. Wow factor”.

Prone backbends are hard work. They are not fancy, but highly effective to build strength in the whole posterior chain of the body. In Hot 26 (Bikram sequence) , they call the prone backbends “spine strengthening series”, as a preparation for Ustrasana, the camel pose – the peak pose of the sequence.

Salabhasana or the Locust is my now my favourite pose to prepare for backbends.

Here are some of the benefits.

▶ Develops and improves your spinal mobility as it both stretches and strengthens your back and core muscles.

▶ Strengthening glutes and hamstrings.

▶ Aids in relieving lower back pain

Don’t get fooled by the “unimpressive” shape of this pose. Because we are so low to the floor it requires more strength. One way to practice this is to use blocks under the bottom ribs and underneath the pelvis.

Don’t skip the hard work. Having a good foundation on this asana will help your body prepare to advance to more challenging or more physically demanding poses.

Try it out and let me know how it goes and how you feel after doing it! 🙏

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