How to do Ardha Salabhasana, Its Benefits & Precautions
Yoga student is learning how to do Ardha Salabhasana asana

What is Ardha Salabhasana

Ardha Salabhasana This asana has a very little difference from Salabhasana, because in this asana only legs will be lifted upwards.

Also Know as: Half Locust Posture/ Pose, Ardha Shalabha or Salabha Asana, Ardh Shalabh or Adha Salabh Asan

How to start this Asana

  • Lie down on your stomach in Advasana.
  • Put your jaw on the ground and the rest part of the face should remain lifted upwards.
  • Now lift your both legs upwards.
  • Your arms should rest on the both sides of your torso.
  • Remain in the pose for some time and relax.

How to end this Asana

  • To release, stay in the posture for some time and then relax in the first position of Advasana.

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Benefits of Ardha Salabhasana

According to research, this Asana is helpful as per below(YR/1)

  1. It strengthens the muscles of the spine, buttocks, and backs of the arms and legs.
  2. It stretches the shoulders, chest, belly, and thighs.
  3. It improves posture.
  4. It stimulates abdominal organs.

Precaution to be taken before doing Ardha Salabhasana

As per several scientific studies, precautions need to be taken in diseases mentioned as per below(YR/2)

  1. People with neck injuries should keep their head in a neutral position by looking down at the floor; they might also support the forehead on a thickly folded blanket.
  2. Who have the problem of headache or serious back injury should not do this asana.

So, consult your doctor if you have any of the problem mentioned above.

Histroy and scientific base of Yoga

Due to the oral transmission of sacred writings and the secrecy of its teachings, yoga’s past is riddled with mystery and confusion. Early yoga literature were recorded on delicate palm leaves. So it was easily damaged, destroyed, or lost. Yoga’s origins may be dated back over 5,000 years. However other academics believe it could be as old as 10,000 years. Yoga’s lengthy and illustrious history may be split into four distinct periods of growth, practise, and invention.

  • Pre Classical Yoga
  • Classical Yoga
  • Post Classical Yoga
  • Modern Yoga

Yoga is a psychological science with philosophical overtones. Patanjali begins his Yoga method by instructing that the mind must be regulated – Yogahs-chitta-vritti-nirodhah. Patanjali does not delve into the intellectual underpinnings of the need to regulate one’s mind, which are found in Samkhya and Vedanta. Yoga, he continues, is the regulation of the mind, the constraint of the thought-stuff. Yoga is a science based on personal experience. The most essential advantage of yoga is that it helps us to maintain a healthy bodily and mental state.

Yoga can help to slow down the ageing process. Since aging starts mostly by autointoxication or self-poisoning. So, we can considerably limit the catabolic process of cell degeneration by keeping the body clean, flexible, and properly lubricated. Yogasanas, pranayama, and meditation must all be combined to reap the full advantages of yoga.

Ardha Salabhasana is helpful in increase flexibility of muscles, improves shape of the body, reduce mental stress, as well improves overall health.

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