Asanas / Shalabhasana, posture of the grasshopper

Shalabhasana supplemented Bhujangasana (Cobra) action on the spine and is below this. The implementation requires enough effort, which affects a very brief stay at the end position. We follow the text of the book Keys of Yoga, Danilo Hernandez. Run: Raúl Torres, Professor of the international school of Yoga. Photos: Thor Castro.


It is suitable to start the practice with a more simple variant called Ardha Shalabhasana, medium Saltamontes.La starting position is the same: lying face down with the legs together and feet outstretched. Rest the Chin on the floor as early as you can, without compressing the nape of the neck. Place the arms stretched along the sides with the palms of your hands close to the ground, next to or beneath the thighs.

For the Half grasshopper, the highest you can lifting a leg slowly. Keep a few seconds breathing normally.

Venting air, low leg slowly, breathing returns to normal and change of leg.

During the exercise, keep your hips close to the ground.

To avoid an excessive lumbar understanding, lengthens and stretches well leg before lifting it.

He lifts his leg through contraction of the thigh, buttock, muscles of the lower back area, and the help of the lever arms-making.

For the Grasshoppers full:

1 inspiring, press with arms against the floor and rises slowly both legs together and stretched as high as possible. The action of the arms is aided by contraction of the thighs, the buttocks, the muscles of the lower back area and the dorsal.

2 keep the position of ten to twenty seconds, breathing of vitalizing form.

3. loop as you slowly return to the starting position.

Avoid bending the knees, separate legs, or make emotional.

Main benefits

  • It relaxes the spine.
  • It strengthens the muscles of the abdomen, the lumbar region, and arms.
  • Acts beneficently on abdominal organs especially on the liver, kidneys, intestines and her pancreas.
  • It tones the sciatic nerve
  • It communicates a feeling of strength and power.


Avoid people with peptic ulcer, hernia, weakness or heart disorders. Not recommended in cases of hypertension and problems of the intervertebral discs.

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By • 4 Jun, 2013 • section: Asanas, Practice