Half Locust pose

Ardha ShalabhasanaVariation

  • Begin in Reversed Corpse Pose (Advasana)
  • Rest the chin on the floor.
  • Raise the right arm and left leg simultaneously.
  • Hold for as long as comfortable then lower the leg, head and arm to the floor.
  • Repeat the same movement to the other side by lifting the left arm and right leg.
  • Practice up to 10 alternating repetitions.


  • Inhale while raising the leg and arm.
  • Exhale while lowering them.


  • The diagonal stretch.
  • Synchronizing the movement with the breath.
  • Swadhisthana chakra.


  • Back conditions.
  • Neck conditions.
  • Hernia.


  • Helps to remove backache.
  • Alleviates constipation.
  • Stimulates the digestive and reproductive system.
  • Improves posture.
  • Promotes circulation in the back region and toning of the spinal nerves.

Practice note

  • Stretch the lifted leg backwards and stretch the raised arm forward to increase the diagonal stretch.