Join Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Carrie Owerko for our new online course Iyengar 201—a mindful and fun journey into a more advanced practice. You’ll learn different pose modifications and creative uses for props, all designed to help you work with physical and mental challenges. And you’ll walk away with the skills you need to adapt to whatever life throws at you, on and off the mat. Sign up now.
Adding variety to your favorite poses can be accessible, challenging, and invigorating, all at the same time. For example, in Salabhasana (Locust Pose), the arms are typically in extension behind the body with the hands near the hips. In the following variation, having the arms reach upward above the head makes the pose more exhilarating and expansive. This variation is also great if you have wrist issues or lack the strength in the arms that is necessary to lift the weight of the body away from the floor. The front of the body receives a wonderful stretch, and the whole body is fully engaged and toned. This wonderfully earthy, yet energizing backbend can also have a grounding effect on your nervous system. Plus, the belt is a great way to integrate your arms and legs to each other and to your spine, helping the pose feel both contained and expansive.
A Challenging Variation of Salabhasana
You will need: A belt