Halasana (Plow Pose), is a full-body stretch that requires you to change your thinking while doing it. Meditation, Pranayama, Shavasana (Corpse Pose), or before sleeping, practicing Halasana practice definitely gives you a new interesting perspective on things.
Like other Yogasanas, Halasan got its name from a tool used in farming. This land plow has been used extensively in India and Tibet.
‘Halasana’ is also made up of a combination of two words, ‘Hal and asana’, ie ‘Hal’ resembling ‘plow’ And asana stands for posture. In Indian traditional agriculture, a plow is a special tool used by hand for plowing fields. In its full posture, this asana looks similar to the same ‘plow’, hence it is called ‘Halasana’ and ‘plow pose’ in English.
Halasana is one such asana that is equally beneficial for both men and women but it plays an important role in making the body of women slim. It is important for making our bodies flexible. This yoga is the best posture for strengthening the muscles and arms of the stomach and back. There are many sleeping powers in your body that the body is never able to use. With the practice of Halasana, the body is able to regain the power to activate many such powers.
Although there is some difficulty in doing this asana, once the balance of the body is formed, it can be practiced easily.
Plow Pose Quick Facts
- Sanskrit Name: Halasana (hah-LAHS-ah-nah)
- English Name: Plow Pose, Plough Pose
- Meaning: ‘Hal’ resembles ‘plow’ and asana means “pose” or “posture.”
- Pose Level: Intermediate
- Pose Position: Supine
- Targets: Upper body
- Pose Type: : Inversion, Stretch
- Stretches: arms, shoulders, and knees
- Strengthens: deep core muscles
- Stimulates: Vishuddha/Throat Chakra
So let’s know how to do Halasana, the benefits of Halasana, and what precautions to take while doing this asana.
Halasana: Step-by-step instructions
- First of all, lie on your back by laying yoga mats on the floor.
- Keep both your hands straight on the ground in a completely relaxed posture.
- Make breathing normally.
- Now take a deep breath and bring both feet up together. And keep both feet standing at an angle of 90 degrees.
- This is Ardhalaasana.
- While breathing, raise your hips and back from the floor with the help of your hands.
- After this, while moving your feet above the head, bend at a 180-degree angle until your toes touch the floor.
- Keep in mind, that the feet should not bend. Slowly move your feet back to the ground.
- Keep your eyes focused on the navel or nose.
- Remove the hands from the waist and keep them straight on the ground. The palm will remain upwards.
- The waist will be parallel to the ground, also keep in mind that you do not have to pressurize your neck nor push it towards the ground.
- Now press your chin into the pit of your throat. Place your hands on your back and support your back with elbows on the ground.
- Initially, you will have difficulty being in this posture but after a little effort, you can do it easily.
- To get into the initial position, first, open the joints of the hands and then rest on the palms with the force of 90 and then 60 degrees, resting on the ground.
- Do not hurry while leaving the seat. Bring the legs back to normal with a uniform speed.
It is an excellent asana, relatively easy to perform, and can be practiced by all, from child to young. This asana must be practiced with the other yoga asanas.
- Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose)
Benefits Of Halasana (Plow Pose)
Since the whole body is involved in performing this asana, it benefits all the parts of the body. It takes some time to do this asana with full confidence. This asana can change your attitude towards living life.
- Practicing Halasana, there is a lot of energy and nutrition throughout the body.
- Performing the Plow Pose stretches your neck muscles which relaxes the neck muscles. In this way, you can get the benefits of Plow Pose to keep the muscles healthy.
- In this yoga asana, the entire muscles of the body are also flexible which makes a person’s body look attractive. By doing this asana, shoulders and arms also strengthened.
- In Halasana, the lower part of the body goes beyond the lumbar region (waist position), causing more stretch than normal in these parts. Therefore, it helps in reducing fat, especially in the waist area and the fat near the thighs.
- It stimulates the internal organs to work smoothly. Apart from this, this posture is also good for stimulating reproductive organs.
- A person does not gain weight by doing regular Halasana and he also gets to overcome many weight-related diseases.
- A person can also eliminate problems related to the nervous system by performing regular Halasana daily. And due to this, the person also reduces the problem of stress and fatigue.
- In addition, by doing this special process, some hormones are also secreted which are especially beneficial in controlling diabetes and thyroid.
- This asana also provides relief from menopause symptoms in women.
- Apart from this, it is also very effective in removing indigestion, constipation, asthma, blood disorders, etc.
- Halasana stimulates the internal organs of the person and the thyroid glands so that it works properly. One of the best yoga poses for thyroid health.
- Due to sitting on the computer or system for hours and without any physical activity, people’s spine often starts losing its flexibility. But just by doing Halasana regularly, the flexibility of your spine returns.
According to the experts, this asana is considered best when yogis practice early in the morning. Mornings are preferred as the food is digested as well as the body has the energy to perform the asana. due to some reason, you cannot practice it in the morning, you can practice this asana in the evening as well. but at least keep a 3 to 5-hour gap between your practice and meal.
- Do not take yoga if you have a shoulder injury, heart-related disease, or are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Do not practice Halasana if you have diarrhea or neck injury problems.
- If you have difficulty moving your feet to the floor while performing the Plow Pose, do not do this asana or under the supervision of a specialist.
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