Halasana – The Plough Pose
What is Halasana?
The name comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Hala’ meaning ‘Plough’ and ‘asana’ meaning ‘Posture’.
Halasana is an important yoga aasan. It is quite simple to perform and has many benefits to our health. It is an excellent aasan to begin your morning and add freshness to your day. Here is a step wise procedure for performing this aasan.
- Lie down straight on a mat keeping your body in one line. Place your arms by your sides with palms resting facing the mat. Relax and breathe easy.
- Lift your legs slowly from the floor and form a 90 degree angle with your toes pointing up. Breathe and relax.
- Gradually bring your legs toward your upper body while pushing the floor and lifting your hips off.
- Bring your legs beyond your head. Try touching your toes on the floor beyond your head.
- Lift your whole body except your head and shoulders.
- Support your waist using your hands with your elbows resting on the floor.
- Stay in this posture for 20-30 seconds and then get back to your normal position keeping your body in straight line and relax.
Benefits of Halasana :
- Adds glow to skin.
- Helpful in relieving back pain and gastric troubles.
- Improves digestion.
- Stimulates thyroid.
- Reduces stress.
Halasana Dos and Don’ts
Avoid doing this asana if you suffer from neck injury. Don’t perform this asana if you have diarrhoea or high blood pressure. Pregnant ladies should not do this asana and should also avoid doing this asana during the first two days of the menstrual cycle.Also, don’t perform this asana if you have suffered spinal injuries in the past.