Halasana (Plow Pose)
Hal = plow, Asana = posture or pose
This yoga pose gets its name from the plow – a popular farming tool commonly used in Indian agriculture to prepare the soil for sowing crops. Like its namesake, this pose prepares the ‘field’ of the body and mind for deep rejuvenation. Halasana is pronounced as hah-LAHS-uh-nuh.
How to Do Halasana
- Lie on the carpet and join the legs together
- Raise the legs to an angle of 90 Degree.
- Thrust the palms; raise the waist and legs, bending forwards curving the back and resting the legs on the floor above head.
- Little by little try to place the big toe on the floor and keep the legs straight.
- Balance the whole weight on the shoulder blade, shift both the hands over the head, join the fingers hold the head with it and relax the elbows on the floor.
- Move a little forward putting the thumb toes outward.
- Remain in that position for 100 counts.
- Then release the fingers above the head, pressing the pals on the floor taking back the thumb toe gently bring the body and legs to the floor.
- Practice up to 2 rounds is enough. After finishing Halasana do Savasana.
Benefits of Plow Pose:
- Stretches all muscles and ligament in your calves and thighs, resulting in greater leg flexibility
Therapeutic for leg cramps
• Stimulates your thyroid, parathyroid, throat, lungs and abdominal organs
• Helps relieve gas and upper/lower back pain or discomfort
• Promotes good digestion
• Stretches your shoulders and spine
• Therapeutic for menopause, infertility, insomnia, headache and sinusitis
• Relieves stress and fatigue
Halasana is a rejuvenating and invigorating pose when practiced correctly! Be sure to take it slowly and make whatever adjustments you need to reduce discomfort. Keep the following information in mind when practicing this pose:
- Breathe consciously throughout the pose. Continually bringing your awareness back to your breath will help relax your mind and body even further, preparing your body for a deep, renewing state of health and well-being.
- It might feel awkward getting into the pose the first few times you try it. Don’t worry about that, and take your time getting there correctly. Once you’re in the pose, you will gain all of the benefits!
- Take the pose slowly — do not swing your legs up.
- Keep your legs active and firm with straight knees. Do not squeeze your buttocks.
- Be patient. With time and practice, gravity will take over and your feet will eventually come to rest comfortably on the floor.