Full Locust pose can often feel like one of the most difficult postures to improve. It's challenging because it is the only posture where you don't get to use any leverage against the floor or another body part to cause your muscle contraction- you just have to go for it using your 100% strength and will power! Don't discourage if you don't feel like you are getting very high: you are getting plenty of benefits simply by doing your best in this seemingly simple pose...
Full Locust strengthens the middle back (thoracic spine) helping to improve posture and prevent or relieve lumbago, arthritis symptoms and cervical spondylosis. It is effective at strengthening and toning the muscles of the back, hips, buttocks and legs. It massages abdominal organs, stimulating digestion and helping to alleviate menstrual problems, too. All that, in only 10-20 seconds!
Be sure to come to class at least 3 times a week and practice Full Locust pose (and the rest of the Bikram yoga series) for maximum therapeutic results so you can enjoy your life to the fullest!
Studio leader, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay D.