Psychological Aspects to Salabhasana/Locust Pose

While challenging, this pose can also feel incredibly grounding as the majority of our body is in connection with the floor. What I mean by “grounding” is a sense of being present in the here-and-now and a strong sense of being in our body. Grounding can also be emotionally soothing and provide a sense of reassurance, since we often live in our heads away from the sensations of being in the moment. If we’re continuing to breathe as we’re active in this (and other) poses, we can bring together this fabulous dichotomy of muscle tension and feeling ease in the effort, at the same time. The metaphorical aspect to this pose to me is the idea of lengthening, strengthening, and stretching ourselves, and while we’re doing that physically, we’re also doing that mentally and emotionally.

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Karin Lawson

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