Flying Locust pose is an advanced and awkward backbend that improves spinal mobility and stretches the abs, hip flexors and quads. You may also hear it referred to as Half Locust or a variation of ardha shalabhasana. It’s a hybrid posture that isn’t common to many yoga classes.
FLYING LOCUST POSE BENEFITS
- Stretches the abs, hip flexors (psoas) and quads.
- Improves spinal mobility.
- Increases flexibility in the shoulders.
- Looks pretty nifty.
Lie face down on the mat with your hands underneath your shoulders and your fingertips in line with the tops of your shoulders. Hug your elbows close to your sides.
Inhale, look up and lift your chest a few inches off the mat. Exhale, bend your right knee, lift your left leg all the way up and point your toes. Rest your left knee on the sole of your right foot.
Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths on each side—being careful not to over-arch your lower back. Keep drawing your shoulders away from your ears, to avoid scrunching up around your neck.
- Avoid Flying Locust if you have a wrist, shoulder, lower back or foot injury.