Purna Shalabhasana (Full Locust Pose) meaning, steps, precautions and benefits


Purna Shalabhasana commonly known as Full Locust Pose in English is the advanced version of Shalabhasana (Locust Pose).The Sanskrit name Purna Shalabhasana is derived from three words, the first Purna, which means Full, the second Shalabh, which means Locust and the third Asana, which means Posture. This asana gives an intense stretch to the back and the abdomen. In this asana, the whole body seems to be in the shape of a Grasshopper. This asana is highly beneficial for the spine as it strengthens it and makes it highly flexible, along with it there are several other benefits of Purna Shalabhasana, but first let’s begin by knowing the steps to practice Purna Shalabhasana.

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Steps to practice Purna Shalabhasana (Full Locust Pose)

Before practicing Purna Shalabhasana ensure that you have mastered Shalabhasana.

It is very important to know the right alignment of the body in an asana to avoid any kind of injury and to attain the maximum benefits of it. Here are the steps to practice Purna Shalabhasana correctly:

  • Inhale a deep breath and assume Shalabhasana’s final position, keeping the legs raised as higher as possible in the air.
  • Tense and put a strain on both arms’ muscles.
  • Keep both the arms and shoulders in firm touch with the ground in order to support the whole body.
  • Then lift both the legs vertically with a jerk. Balance on both the shoulders, arms and
  • After balancing the body in a stable pose, slowly bend both the knees, bringing both the toes downwards to touch the head and retain the breath inside the body.
  • Take normal breaths and hold in the same position for as long as you find it comfortable.
  • Retain the breath inside and return by lifting both the feet from the head, finding the point to balance the whole body and then slowly and carefully lower the whole body.
  • Now, turn the head to either side or practice Advasana (Reverse Corpse Pose). Relax until the breathing and heartbeat return to normal.

Practicing 1-2 rounds of this asana is generally sufficient enough. With practice, one may increase the time duration. It is more beneficial when practiced before or after any forward bending asana.

Precautions for Purna Shalabhasana (Full Locust Pose)

The precautions for Purna Shalabhasana to be kept in mind for a safer practice are given below:

  • Avoid straining the body beyond the limits as it may cause pain in the body.
  • Avoid practicing this asana if one’s body is very stiff or one is having a weak back, weak joints or weak heart as it may increase the complications.
  • People suffering from any of this condition should avoid practicing this asana: back pain, high blood pressure, joint pain, hernia, coronary thrombosis, hyperthyroidism, spinal disorders, ulcer, or cervical spondylitis.

Benefits of Purna Shalabhasana (Full Locust Pose)

The health benefits of Purna Shalabhasana which one may experience gradually with regular practice are as follows :

  • Improves the blood circulation in the body.
  • Stretches and strengthens the back and pelvic organs.
  • Improves the digestion and stimulates the appetite.
  • Helpful in tightening the muscles of the buttocks.
  • Helpful in removing obesity as it removes the excess fat from the body.
  • Improves the posture and stretches and strengthens the muscles.
  • Tones and balances the functioning of all the abdominal organs. Most beneficial for the liver, stomach and bowels.

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