Yoga Pose Breakdown: Halasana – Plow Pose

Sanskrit Name: Halasana (hah-LAHS-anna)
Hala
= Plow
Asana = Pose

Get Started: 

  • From Shoulder Stand, bend from your hip joints to slowly lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. As you do so, keep your gaze fixed at the sky
  • Keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs extended 
  • Engage all points of your feet
  • Lift your thighs and tailbone toward the ceiling
  • Draw your chin away from your sternum and soften your throat
  • If your feet don't reach the floor, be sure to keep your hands at your lower spine for support. If your feet are on the floor, option to interlace your hands behind your low spine
  • To come out, continue to fix your gaze and slowly lower your feet

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." 

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