Plough Pose (Halasana) – Learn How To Practice This Asana In 3 Easy Steps | Yoga With Nutan



PLOUGH POSE

Sanskrit Name – Halasana

Sanskrit Name Meaning – Hala - Plough, Asana - Pose

Type of Asana – Inverted Yoga Pose

Target Areas – Legs, lower back and abdominal muscles


WHAT IS PLOUGH POSE (HALASANA)?


Plough Pose (Halasana) is an inverted Yoga pose that stretches the spine and relaxes the nerves, brain and heart. It’s usually practiced at the end of a yoga class to prepare the student for meditation and Corpse Pose (Savasana)


DO NOT PRACTICE PLOUGH POSE (HALASANA) IF:

  1. You have diarrhea

  2. You’re menstruating

  3. You have a neck injury

  4. You’re pregnant – if you’re an experienced yogi you can practice this late into pregnancy but it’s not advisable if you’re new to the pose

  5. You have asthma or high blood pressure


BENEFITS OF PLOUGH POSE (HALASANA)

  1. Calms the mind, reduces stress and tension

  2. Helps relieve symptoms of menopause

  3. Strengthens your shoulders and spine

  4. Stimulates abdominal organs and aids digestion

  5. Helps relieve symptoms of backaches and headaches


HOW TO PRACTICE PLOUGH POSE (HALASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS

  1. Start in Shoulder Stand Pose (Salamba Sarvangasana) exhale and touch your toes to the floor above your head. Try and keep your legs straight and fully extended.

  2. Press your hands against the back of your torso and keep your torso perpendicular to the ground. You can also keep your arms extended above your head touching the ground.

  3. You can practice this pose up to five minutes. To come out of it, lift back into a Shoulder Stand Pose (Salamba Sarvangasana) and roll out of the pose on an exhalation.


PREPARATORY POSES


Supported Shoulder Stand - Salamba Sarvangasana


Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana


FOLLOW UP POSES


Downward Facing Dog Pose - Adho Mukha Svanasana


Seated Forward Bend - Paschimottanasana



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