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:
You have diarrhea
You have a neck injury
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
You have asthma or high blood pressure
BENEFITS OF PLOUGH POSE (HALASANA)
Calms the mind, reduces stress and tension
Helps relieve symptoms of menopause
Strengthens your shoulders and spine
Stimulates abdominal organs and aids digestion
Helps relieve symptoms of backaches and headaches
HOW TO PRACTICE PLOUGH POSE (HALASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
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.
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.
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.
FOLLOW UP POSES