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Yoga Poses Plow Pose

Yoga Poses Plow Pose

Introduction: Plow Pose or Halasana got its name from the farming tool ‘plow’ which is used to prepare soil for sowing the crops. It is an inversion pose that increases circulation in the adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands. This in turn sends good hormones throughout the body thus balancing the metabolic system.
Type of Level: Plow Pose has a lower version namely Easy Plow Pose or Purva Halasana which can be performed by beginners who are about to start their yoga session for the first time. However, the Plow Pose belongs to the intermediate and advanced levels.

How to Perform

  • Lie on your back with the arms alongside your body, with the palms down
  • Inhale and bend your legs so as to lift them off the floor at a 90 degree angle (vertically)
  • Continue breathing and while supporting the hips and back with the hands, lift them up
  • Lift your legs and pelvis in such a way that your toes touch the floor while keeping the back perpendicular to the floor
  • Hold this pose for few seconds and relax the body more & more with each breath
  • To release, roll your backbone and bring the legs down on the mat on exhalation

NOTE:  Avoid jerking the body as you bring your legs down. You can also start with Easy Plow Pose where legs are bent till the knees touch your forehead.  Here, you can clasp the hands behind your back while lowering them on the floor or press the palms against the back.

Benefits of Plow Pose (Halasana)

  • Calms the nervous system and reduces stress
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Stimulates the thyroid gland and adnominal glands
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps women relieve the menopause symptoms
  • Strengthens the shoulders, neck, back muscles and abs
  • Tones the arms and legs
  • Stretches the spine
  • Therapeutic for headache, backache, insomnia and infertility

Best Place to Perform: For Plow Pose or Halasana, you will need a clean room with good lighting. The room should also be well-ventilated and free from any sort of disturbance. Moreover, the floor of the chosen place should be even and dirt-free.

Precautions While Performing Plow Pose

  • Avoid performing Plow Pose if you have diarrhea, neck injuries and high blood pressure
  • Asthma patients should only practice the pose with their legs supported on the props
  • Women should avoid this pose during the first two days of their menstrual cycle
  • Pregnant ladies should also stay away from Plow pose
  • If you had spinal disorders or chronic diseases in the recent past, consult your doctor before performing this yoga pose.
  • It’s good that you perform under the supervision of an experienced yoga teacher.