In Sanskrit “Poorna” means “Full”, “Shalaba” means “Grasshopper or locust”, “Asana” means “pose”. The English name is “Full Locust pose”.
Position : Prone
Type : Backward bending and strengthening
Spiritual Awareness : Vishuddhi chakra
Physical Awareness : Abdomen, relaxing the back, maintaining balance
Dosha Suitability : Vata and Kapha
Introducery Asanas : Ardh Shalabhasan, Bhujangasana, Gomukhasana, Setu Bandhs Sarvangasana, Supta Virasana, Urdha Mukha Svanasana, Virbhadrasana I
- Inhale, assume the final position of Shalabhasana with the legs raised in the air as high as possible.
- Tense the arm muscles. Keep the arms and shoulders in firm contact with the floor to support the body.
- Retain the breath. Lift the legs with a jerk to the vertical position and balance on the shoulders, chin and arms.
- Once the point of balance is obtained, gradually bend the knees and bring the toes down to touch the head.
- This is the final position. Breathe normally. The final position may sometimes be more easily achieved by rhythmically swinging the legs up to progressively higher levels until the point of balance is reached.
- Hold the final position for as long as is comfortable. Gradually increase the duration in the final position.
- To return to the starting position, retain the breath, lift the feet from the head and find the point of balance. Then slowly lower the body to the starting position and exhale.
- This is one round. Practice 2 rounds.
Spotlight effects: Abdomen, buttocks, hamstrings, calves, lower back, arms.
Follow-up Poses: Shavasana if required,
- Stimulates the parasympathetic nerves in the lower spinal region.
- Tones sciatic nerves.
- Improves the function of the abdominal organs especially the lower abdomen by improving peristalsis in the large intestine and especially in the large portion of the colon.
- Tones and balance functioning of the liver.
- Strengthens the muscles of the spine, buttocks and back of the arms and legs.
- Lower back pain, sciatica, slip disc
- Helps to relieve stress
- Improves appetite
- Relieves stiffness in the high and abdominal region
Precautions and Contraindications:
- This advanced form of Shalabhasana should only be performed by people who are physically fit and who have very supple backs.
- High blood pressure
- Coronary thrombosis
- Serious back injury
- Weak heart
- Peptic ulcer
- Intestinal tuberculosis
- Should be practiced with caution for those suffering from slipped disc.