Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Posture: Salabhasana

(sha-la-BAHS-anna)
salabha = locust, grasshopper

Lie on your stomach with arms alongside the body, palms facing up and forehead resting on the mat. Gently lift your head, upper torso and arms. Lift your legs and keep arms parallel to the floor. Softly press abdomen and lower ribs toward the mat. Stay in this position for 5 breaths and lower. 
This picture was taken last Saturday in San Marcos. I taught a class to participants of the Tour de Cure bicycle race benefitting the American Diabetes Association. FuN!! 

Benefits: strengthens muscles of the spine, buttocks, and backs of the arms and legs * stretches shoulders, chest, belly and thighs * improves posture * stimulates abdominal organs * helps relieve stress

Be cautions of the following: serious back injury * students with neck injuries should keep the head in a neutral position by looking down at the floor

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