Ardha Shalabhasana is not a posture mentioned in any ancient text but one which has been invented to make the practice of Shalabhasana easier. It is a practice to reach Shalabhasana. This pose is an easier version of Shalabasana performed with one leg at a time. The final posture resembles a feeding locust, head lowered and tail up.
Ardha Shalabhasana - Detailed Description
Lie flat on your abdomen and chest with the face downwards.
- Keep the hips close to the floor and the legs straight and close to each other.
- Keep your arms stretched back on the sides.
- Raise your head a little and place your chin on the floor.
- Clench your fingers into fists and place them on the floor facing upwards.
- Inhale and hold your breath.
- Pressing the fists down, raise backward your left leg as far up as you can, keeping the leg straight and outstretched.
- Hold the breath and maintain the position for about five seconds.
- Exhaling slowly, press the fists down and lower the leg without bending the knee.
- Repeat with the right leg.
- It improves blood circulation.
- It dissolves excess fat from the thighs, hips, waist, abdomen and the posterior.
- Diabetic patient may practice this asana to control the disease.
- It relieves constipation and improves digestion.
- This yoga pose benefits women through its effect on the ovaries and uterus, helping to correct disorders of these organs.
Tips and Help:
- Do not clench your fist too tight or too loose.
- Persons with hernia, weak lungs and cardiac complaints should not practice the asana.
- Pregnant women should also not practice this asana.