Yoga Pose Breakdown: Salabhasana - Locust Pose

Sanskrit Name: Salabhasana (sha-la-BAHS-anna) 
Salabha = Grasshopper, Locust
Asana = Pose

Get Started:
:: Lie on your belly with your arms by your sides and your palms facing the sky
:: Rest your third eye on the mat
:: Bring your big toes toward one another, about hip-width distance apart
:: Move each foot about an inch back
:: Firm your buttocks and legs 
:: Interlace your fingers by your low spine and bring a micro-bend into your elbows or allow your arms to dangle by your sides or come to a "T".
:: Energetically lift your head, chest and legs at the same time
:: Lengthen your neck and gaze out in front of you
:: Widen your collar bones and roll your shoulders down your spine
:: Squeeze your belly into your spine
:: Get longer and embody this pose from the tips of your toes to the crown of your head

Benefits: Locust Pose strengthens the muscles of the spine, buttocks and the backs of the arms and legs, as it stretches the shoulders, chest, belly, and thighs. It helps to improve posture, stimulates the abdominal organs and relieves stress. 

Contradictions: Be careful practicing this pose if you have a serious back injury or headache. If you have a serious neck injury, gaze down to avoid straining your neck. 

Know your asana: This pose is considered to be a baby backbend, as well as a spine strengthener.