Pose Name: Locust Posture

Indian Name: Shalabasana

• Increases flexibility and strength of the entire back • Strengthens shoulders and arms • Tones the nerves and muscles especially in the neck and shoulders • Massages and tones abdominal organs, and improves digestion

• Someone with acute back pain or slip disc, they should avoid this pose • Someone with severe sciatica can bring in more injury here as this pose tightens the entire body from the hip to the feet • Someone with major problems with menstruation or with a prolapsed uterus should avoid • Women in their pregnancy should avoid this pose • If the art of breathing is not learned in this pose , then it could lead to suffocation for someone having Blood Pressure problems, thus should avoid this pose