Yogasana for a better digestion- Shalabhasana

Yogasana for better digestion

Yoga is a science as well as a method that allows man a harmonious life while favoring his spiritual progress through the control of mind and body. Yogasanas are designed to develop the inner force that enables us to overcome our failings with withstand stressful situations with serenity. It prepares the body for higher stages of yogic practices such as concentration and meditation.

All yoga asanas are meant for their specific benefits and advantages. All the yoga poses exert pressure on the specific parts of the body which need recovery. Here, our concerned yogasana is “Shalabhasana”. As our topic spells, this yoga asana is mainly meant for strengthening the digestive system. So, let’s move to it.

What is Shalabhasana?

The word Shalabhasana is derived from two words; Shalabha is a Sanskrit word that means a locust’ whereas asana means ‘posture or pose’. Thus it is also called, the Locust pose. While performing the asana, the body resembles a locust which is why it is named so. In this, half of our body remains in space itself which balances our body. It is quite an easier pose and gets easy with regular practice. Now, we will be describing how to do this asana.

Steps for Shalabhasana:-

  • Firstly, lie down on the stomach with the chin and the forehead touching the ground.
  • Now, stretch the arms beside the body and lightly clench the fists tightly and raise the legs as high as possible.
  • Hold the position for several seconds.
  • This time you should be retaining your breath and directing your attention on the lumbar region.
  • Then exhale by coming back to the lying posture.
  • Relax by lying on your stomach.
  • Repeat the exercise 2-3 times as possible.

Benefits of Shalabhasana:-

There are numerous benefits of Shalabhasana, some of them are given as follows-

  • This very yogasana tones up the muscles of your back, arms, and abdomen.
  • The balancing process helps to correct your body structure and makes it look good.
  • It fortifies the latter and has a beneficial effect on the digestive system, curing the most stubborn constipation.
  • It brings a large supply of blood to kidneys, thus cleaning and regenerating them.
  • It removes most of the deformities from neck and shoulder regions.
  • It makes your body flexible and healthy.

Contradictions of Shalabhasana:-

Well, yoga asanas are very beneficial and have miraculous effects but still, there are many contradictions related to Shalabhasana. Have a look at the following and you will conclude them-

  • This very asana should not be performed by pregnant ladies.
  • This is also not meant for those who have recently undergone to abdominal surgery.
  • Over-exertion of pressure is not allowed in this. Otherwise, it can even worsen the case.
  • Do not go with this if having problems related to slipped discs and the spine.
  • Those suffering from hernia and prolapse should not perform this.

So, in this way, we saw how this yogasana can be so beneficial for health and the body. Include this in your daily routine and make yourself healthy and fit. Take care and live well!