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Salabhasana, Shalabhasana (Sanskrit: शलभासन; IAST: Śalabhāsana), Locust Pose,[2] or Grasshopper Pose[3] is a back-bending asana in hatha yoga.[4]


Variant with arms stretched forwards

The name comes from the Sanskrit शलभा "shalabh" which means "grasshopper" or "locust".[5]


Salabhasana is entered from a prone position. The legs are stretched out straight and lifted; the arms are stretched straight back, palms down, and lifted; the head is lifted and the gaze is directed straight ahead.[5] It is a back bend, or spine stretch, utilizing the strength of the upper and middle back to lift the weight of the legs as high as possible from a starting position while face down on the floor. It improves flexibility and coordination, exercises the back muscles, and increases strength and stamina.[6]


Variations of this asana are:

  • Ardha Salabhasana (Half Locust Pose)[7][8]
  • Poorna Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)[9]

In the Bikram style of yoga, Salabhasana has three stages.[10] The asana of the same name in the Astanga style of yoga corresponds to stage three of the Bikram style asana.

Preparatory asanas[edit]

In several styles of yoga, including Bikram Yoga and Astanga Yoga, Salabhasana is commonly performed after Bhujangasana, a related asana working on a different part of the spine.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stack, Mary Bagot (1931). Building the Body Beautiful, the Bagot Stack Stretch-and-Swing System. Chapman and Hall.
  2. ^ "Yoga Journal - Locust Pose". Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  3. ^ Yesudian, Selvarajan; Haich, Elisabeth (January 1953). Yoga and health. Harper. p. 139.
  4. ^ Salabhasana
  5. ^ a b Mehta 1990, p. 92.
  6. ^ Stiles, Mukunda (2000). Structural Yoga Therapy: Adapting to the Individual. Red Wheel. ISBN 1-57863-177-7.
  7. ^ Pratap, Vijayendra (15 September 1997). Beginning Yoga. Tuttle Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-8048-2104-9.
  8. ^ Mohanty. Managing Common Musculoskeletal Conditions by Physiotherapy & Yoga. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. p. 15. ISBN 978-81-8448-357-4.
  9. ^ Active Interest Media (August 1996). Yoga Journal. p. 14.
  10. ^ "Salabhasana | Locust". BYC. Retrieved 2 January 2019. (Three web pages)

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