SHALABHASANA: (Locist Posture)
There are two
types of exercises in shalabhasana.
A. Ekapada Shalabhasana
B. Dwipada Shalabhasana
1. Lie down on the floor with the face downwards.
2. Stretch the legs so that the toes are flat down on
the ground. The whole body should be straight and stiff.
3. Stretch the arms and place the thumbs freely on the
4. Inhale slowly, raise 5the left leg slowly as high as
possible. (refer Fig. 74.0).
This exercise is termed as Ardha
Shalabhasana and those who feet difficult to raise both the legs are advised to
perform this exercise alternatively for both the legs. Stay for about 30
seconds on each side. Slowly bring down the legs and release.
5. In Dwipada Shalabhasana try to raise both the legs
slowly to the possible extent as shown in the posture. (refer Fig. 74.1).
6. Hold few seconds with normal breathing.
7. Exhale slowly and bring the legs down towards the
ground and relax.
Suggestion: It is advised to practice Ardha
Shalabhasana first which helps to perform Shalabhasana once practice is
continued for some time.
1. This exercise helps to cure diabetes and prostate
2. This exercise gives good effect to the whole body
and helps to tone up spine, lungs, chest, neck and shoulder.
3. This cures various abdominal troubles including
problems in the area of kidneys, liver, and pancreas.
4. It cures pains in the region of thighs and legs and
hence it is recommended for athletes and sportsmen.
5. This exercise helps to cure chronic constipation.
(The therapeutic use of Ardha Shalabhaana is similar to
Shalabhasana as explained above.)