By Dr K. Manikyeswara Rao
Salabhasana also known as the locust pose stimulates the entire nervous system, especially the parasympathetic outflow. It strengthens the lower back, pelvic organs and tones sciatic nerves. It provides relief from backache, mild sciatica and slip disc too. This asana also tones and balances the functioning of the liver and other abdominal organs, alleviates stomach-related diseases, bowels and stimulates your appetite. Method
1. Lie flat on the abdomen with legs and feet together. The arms may be placed under the body or on both sides. Your palms should face down and the hands should be clenched.
2. Stretch the chin slightly forward and rest it on the floor. Close the eyes and relax the body. This is the starting position.
3. Slowly raise the legs as high as possible, keeping them straight and together. This elevation of the legs is produced by applying pressure with the arms against the floor and contracting the low back muscles.
4. Hold the final position as long as you are comfortable, there should be no strain. Slowly bring the legs down. The entire procedure is one round.
5. Return to the starting point and relax the body.
Breathing: Inhale deeply in the starting position, hold your breath inside while raising the legs and holding the position. Exhale while lowering the legs.
The writer is an Ayurvedic physician and a yoga expert