Sanskrit Name: Halasana (hah-LAHS-anna)
Hala = Plow
Asana = Pose
Benefits: This pose calms the brain, stimulates the abdominal organs and thyroid gland, stretches the shoulders and spine and helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. It also reduces stress and fatigue and is therapeutic for backache, headache, infertility, insomnia and sinusitis.
Contradictions: Practice with caution if you have diarrhea. If you are menstruating or have a neck injury, avoid this pose. For asthma or high blood pressure, support your legs with props. If you are pregnant, feel free to continue your Halasana practice, but do not start one.
Know Your Asana: Halasana is considered the "mother of all asanas."