By Jay Hiller, July 12, 2023
I’ve been paying a lot of attention to locust pose for about two years now, mainly because a well-known yoga teacher I follow, Jason Crandell likes it. Jason jokes that it’s the answer to any test question in his teacher trainings. The reason he likes it is that most of us need to open the front of our body and strengthen the back. It’s hard to imagine a better pose than locust or salabhasana for that.
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff lists many many muscles involved in lifting and extending in locust pose. Some of the main ones are the deltoids, triceps, serratus anterior, erector spinae, gluteus maximus, hamstrings and soleus. It’s not a sexy pose and for me it’s not a particularly comfortable pose. I like a 5-5-5-5 locust sequence where you do 5 asymmetrical locusts, 5 upper body only locusts, 5 lower body only locusts and 5 conventional locusts. On days when my back feels tight, um everyday, I keep my feet wide, instead of the traditional convention of keeping them together.