Plow yoga pose-Halasana

Plow yoga pose-Halasana

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What is Plow yoga pose-Halasana ?

Plow yoga pose-Halasana is practiced together with Yoga pose Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana) and Fish yoga pose (Matsyasana), but, of course, it can be done independently and/or in other combinations and series. As you can see in the picture, we can put a blanket under the shoulders to reduce the pressure on the neck. Numerous cultures around the world have myths and traditional tales that symbolically represent the plow as a tool of labor.

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The plow is a metaphor for a device used in the Ramayana to unearth the “hidden riches within.”The body is nourished and rejuvenated through Halasana practice on a regular basis. This yoga pose helps build and strengthen the thoracic and lumbar spine by increasing circulation and flexibility. In addition, it relieves tension in the neck and throat and alleviates the accumulation of mucus in the sinuses and respiratory organs. Halasana (Plow yoga pose) has a calming and invigorating effect on the sympathetic nervous system. Furthermore, it helps balance the secretion of adrenaline and thyroxine hormones and improves the elimination of toxins from the digestive and urinary tracts. Due to the inverted position, Halasana promotes mental clarity and increases vitality.

Plow yoga pose-Halasana
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Step by step

  1. From Yoga pose Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana), with exhalation, bend at the hips and lower the toes to the floor behind the head. Keep your torso vertical and your legs straight.
  2. You can continue to push the back of your torso towards the ceiling with your hands while pressing your upper arms down for support. Or, you can lower your arms from behind and extend your hands behind you on the floor opposite your legs. You can also intertwine your fingers and press your hands to the floor to further lift your thighs towards the ceiling.
  3. Plow yoga pose is usually performed after Shoulder stand and is held for 1–5 minutes. The position is exited by returning the hands back to the back, with an exhalation, the legs are stretched upwards again and then you gently lower yourself back to the ground, lowering your legs.

Therapeutic application of Plow yoga pose-Halasana

  •     Back pain
  •     Headache
  •     Infertility
  •     Insomnia
  •     Sinusitis

Benefits of Plow yoga pose-Halasana

  •     Calms the brain
  •     It stimulates the stomach organs and the thyroid gland
  •     Stretches the shoulders and spine
  •     It helps alleviate the symptoms of menopause
  •     It reduces stress and weakness

Contraindications, warnings and precautions:

  • Diarrhea
  • Menstruation
  • Neck injuries
  • In case of asthma or high blood pressure, practice Halasana with your legs resting on blankets or pillows

You can learn more: Plow Pose (Halasana) – Yoga Journal

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