How To Do Halasana (Plow Pose) | What Are Its Benefits?
Yoga has become very popular among the people around the world; more and more people are getting involved in it. Most the people who practice yoga say that they exists a lot of benefits from the practice of Yoga exercises. In general, they have gain flexibility in the body by practice of Yoga.
With different varieties of yoga postures they have improve their own personal fitness. Some even say that it acts as a purification exercise that decreases the pain while offering certain amounts of respite from particular ailments. While many others say it is a very effective method of exercise for the overall health.
There are numerous of asanas or postures that anyone can select from, for an incredible improvement of the flexibility for certain parts of the joints, tendons and ligaments. Moreover, some scientific studies have found that a variety of yoga positions can carry out a number of functions that collectively create equilibrium of the body.
When this equilibrium is established, the overall flexibility in body is developed. In addition, studies have shown that various asanas of yoga is a method of exercise that rubs down and deep massages in the internal organs of the body areas resulting in a healthy body.
There are numerous of yoga postures that can be performed and practiced. All the yoga postures are classified into three category basic, intermediate and advanced types.
Halasana is one of the yoga postures that have its own importance and comes in the category of “advanced” and easy to perform if practiced. In this article we will learn more about its posture, benefits and precautions to be taken in this regard.
What is Halasana?
The word Halasana is the combine of two Sanskrit words (Hal+asana) the word “Hal” means “Plough” and “asana “means “pose”. So it is known as Halasana or the (Plough pose). When the Halasana is performed the body position is stretch in such a way that the body shows as a plow. Halasana is one of advanced yoga pose, easy to practice and has lot of benefits.
Plow is one of the most important instruments for the agriculture used to prepare the soil for planting seeds. In the same way this position gives flexibility to the spine and strengthens the back muscles which are an important part or our body. In fact Halasana is one of the most effective asanas which involves stretching of each part of the spine, especially the upper spine. Specialty of this asana is that it corrects sexual problems and other problems related to semen such as premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, and the night fall.
How to Do Halasana
- First lie on a mat and rest your back on the floor now join the legs together.
- Now try to lift your both legs in the upward direction to a 90 degree angle. If you are a beginner you can take the support of your hands for the same.
- Try to rest your hands on your back so they can help you stay firmly in position.
- Once your legs are in the air, try them to bring them into alignment with your body straight and stretch as much as possible.
- This position is known as Sarvangasana pose
- Once you are in this position, try to bring your legs down from overhead.
- Once again, rest the palm of your hands resting on your lower back in order to support their position.
- remain stable in this position for about 15-30 seconds and then release the pose.
- Repeat this activity 10 times each day.
Yoga tips for Beginner: In Halasana there is a tendency to over stretch the neck while pulling shoulders too far from the ears. While the top of the shoulders should push down into the support, they must be raised slightly toward the ears to keep the back of the neck and throat soft. Open the sternum, reaffirming the shoulder blades against the back.
If you’re a beginner or have just started practicing yoga basics, it is advisable to do it under the guidance of a trained yoga professional. Doing them incorrectly can hamper your well being and bring negative effects. So take some precaution while doing this asanas.
- The people suffering from herniated disc, neck arthritis, hernia, sciatica, high blood pressure or any serious back problem, should not perform the Halasana.
- If practice it should be under the supervision of experts.
- This asana is not recommended to women during menstruation.
- Pregnant women should not practice Halasana.
- In extremely rare cases, it can cause (arterial dissection) a condition in which the rapid movement in the neck causes a crack in the lining of the arteries and blood seeps into the cause of a clot.
Note: You can practice yoga posture Bhujangasana immediately after Halasana (Plow Pose) to gain maximum health benefits
There are various postures that are related to the basic of hala-asanas that require great flexibility in the spine and legs. One can perform it after you have acquire some skills of hala-asanas.