Viparita Shalabasana Posture

The word “viparita” is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “inverted”; “shalaba” meaning “ locust” and “asana” meaning “posture” or “seat”.

Steps To Be Followed:

  • Lie down on your chest with your legs together.
  • Keep your hands stretched above your head.
  • Inhaling lift your both legs and hands up to the ceiling keeping your knees straight, your chin on the mat.
  • Stay in this posture for 7-10 breaths (each breath must be 6-8 seconds).
  • Exhaling slowly drop your legs down and relax in makarasana.


  • It helps in strengthening muscles of chest, shoulders, arms, legs, abdomen and lower back.
  • It helps in stretching the chest.
  • It helps in improving blood circulation.
  • It helps in massaging the spine.
  • It helps in toning the abdomen and lower back.


Abdominal injury, Knee injury, Headache, Hypertension and during Pregnancy should avoid this asana.

Disclaimer:- Please practice under the supervision of Yoga Teacher/ Yoga expert