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Season 4 - Episode 3

Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

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Rosemary, with the help of Lori, looks at Salabhasana (Locust Pose), both with and without a bind—verbal cues, fundamental alignment, and hands-on adjustments to help deepen the experience of the posture.
What You'll Need: Partner, Mat

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Mar 16, 2019
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Hello again, I'm back with beautiful Lori and we're going to take a look at Shalabhasana with and without a bind. First we'll look at just the essential alignment and then a simple hands-on adjustment. Okay when you're ready Lori go ahead and lie down and as you're ready rising with the inhale good. So we see Lori's back body is nice and strong her hamstring muscles are engaged her back muscles are engaged shoulders are lifting and sliding down the back her feet are a little closer than hips distance you can take them hips distance or toes touching we just don't want them wider than hips distance and Lori has a slight gaze forward we don't want to crank the neck and scrunch the shoulders so if you lift the gaze just make sure you keep the neck nice and spacious okay you can come down just for a moment rest thank you so essentials of the alignment and now we'll move into a hands-on adjustment the principles of this are very simple but they do involve a lot of stability and practice in your own body so play with it a little bit okay when you're ready Lori come on back good you'll step so that you have feet either side of your student you want a nice deep squat so that your legs are strong and you're well supported in the pose your palms are going to come right on the front of their shoulders and your arms forearms are coming right around their upper arms okay watching their breath it can be really helpful to move with breath and a back bending and then as they inhale you're lifting and gently squeezing in to help open through beautiful the heart drawing the shoulders back all right give it a few breaths and then gently let it go and same thing Lori just show me the hands clasped as you're ready this is the exact same adjustment I just want to show you that it applies in either variation okay so again squatting down palms on the front of the shoulders your upper arms sorry your forearms on their upper arms and then gently lifting and squeezing in nice following their breath and gently releasing with the exhale thank you Lori just rest for a moment and stepping away okay so fundamentally a simple adjustment but you really want to make sure that your own body is very engaged and that you're incredibly rooted and grounded through your foundation so that when you lift them you give them a lot of stability you're not off-balance in any way all right play with it with some people who can give you feedback see how it feels and enjoy


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