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Yoga Pose of the Week: Inverted Locust

Strike a Pose: Inverted Locust

Now that you've tried the Locust Prep, I think you're ready to move on to Inverted Locust, or at least ready to give it a try. This is a very challenging pose since it requires both flexibility in your back and strength in your upper body and core. So take it at your own speed and raise your feet as high as you can. With practice and patience, you'll soon be able to lift your legs even higher.

Sanskrit Name: Viparita Salabhasana
English Translation: Inverted Locust

To learn how to do this


  • Begin lying on your belly. Roll over to one of your shoulders so you can bring both arms underneath you. There are two hand positions you can try, so see which one feels the most comfortable. Either interlace your fingers, clasp your palms together, and straighten your arms. Or keep your hands apart with either your palms facing up or pressed into the mat. Then roll your body so it's resting on your extended arms. Make sure your chin is on the mat as well.
  • As you inhale, press into your arms with all your strength and lift both legs up as high as you can. If your upper body is strong and your back is flexible, lift your hips off the floor, so your spine is as upright as possible. Press your feet and thighs together.
  • Stay like this for five deep breaths. Then slowly lower your body back to the floor. Release your lower back by coming into Child's Pose.
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veside veside 8 years
this asana is a physical impossibility at this stage... yikes!
ziwoogae ziwoogae 8 years
WOW :)
ziwoogae ziwoogae 8 years
WOW :)
AZDaisy AZDaisy 8 years
Holy crap...sorry but that doesn't look fun at all, haha.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
Wow, I'd like to be able to do that.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
Wow, I'd like to be able to do that.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ouch. Ha.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ouch. Ha.
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