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Salabhasana, Shalabhasana (Sanskrit: शलभासन; IAST: Śalabhāsana), Locust Pose,[1] or Grasshopper Pose[2] is a back-bending yoga asana[3].


The name comes from the Sanskrit words "shalabh" which means "grasshopper".


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 and increases strength and stamina.[4][5] it helps to exercise the spine.


Beginners may find that their shoulder and elbow flexibility is not sufficient to allow them to get the hands palm down right underneath the body.


Variations of this asana are:

  • Ardha Salabhasana (Half Locust Pose)[6][7]
  • Poorna Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)[8]

In the Bikram style of yoga, the asana referred to as Salabhasana has three stages which follow one after the other.[citation needed] The asana of the same name in the Astanga style of yoga corresponds to stage three of the Bikram style asana.[citation needed]

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. ^ "Yoga Journal - Locust Pose". Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  2. ^ Yesudian, Selvarajan; Haich, Elisabeth (January 1953). Yoga and health. Harper. p. 139. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. ^ Salabhasana
  4. ^ "Yoga Exercise - Locust Pose (Salabhasana)". Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  5. ^ Stiles, Mukunda (2000). Structural Yoga Therapy: Adapting to the Individual. Red Wheel. ISBN 1-57863-177-7.
  6. ^ Pratap, Vijayendra (15 September 1997). Beginning Yoga. Tuttle Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-8048-2104-9. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  7. ^ Mohanty. Managing Common Musculoskeletal Conditions by Physiotherapy & Yoga. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. p. 15. ISBN 978-81-8448-357-4. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  8. ^ Active Interest Media, Inc. (August 1996). Yoga Journal. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 14. ISSN 0191-0965. Retrieved 11 April 2011.

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