Halasana, Plow Pose
How to perform Halasana
Go into Sarvangasana, the shoulder stand, and slowly bring your legs back behind your head and feet to the floor while keeping your knees straight.
Your tailbone should be the highest point of your body now. Bring your arms down so that they are lying straight on the floor.
While keeping the legs straight walk with your toes towards your head as much as you can and stay in this position.
From this pose you can also go into Karnapidasana.
For coming out of the posture please support your back with your hands and bring your legs back into the shoulder stand, into Sarvangasana.
Benefits of Halasana
Halasana is directly working with your thyroid and parathyroid gland because the bending of your complete body and your back stimulates them. The yoga pose is thus very good for our blood purification system.
The fluid released by doing this posture increases the production of white blood cells in our body which supports our immune system.
Halasana stretches the spinal column, shoulder muscles and hamstrings. This is why it is beneficial against back pain.
As a result of that, it helps against stress and fatigue as well as insomnia and head ache caused by tension in those muscles.
As it is an inverted pose, it also enhances the blood flow to the head.
This yoga pose is also beneficial for the abdominal organs and gives them a nice stimulation.
Through this it enhances and enriches the sexual power in men and women.
Woman can benefit from it because Halasana is good for fertility, and reduces the negative symptoms of the menopause.
Men get benefits from this exercise as it increases the stamina of the sperm. It is also very good for achieving a good sexual performance and preventing premature ejaculation.
The movement and stimulation of the organs detoxifies the organs. This is also a supportive exercise if you want to lose weight or if you are suffering from diabetes.
Tips and Help
To perform this posture you should be able to practice Sarvangasana first.
Please always support your back while going into the posture and while coming out of the posture. Also keep your knees straight while being in this position. If there is too much pressure on your neck, come out of this posture straight away.
While being in Halasana you can also interlace your hands behind your back with the elbows straight.
When to Avoid Halasana
Please prevent practicing this posture if you are suffering from diarrhea, neck injuries, asthma, high blood pressure or heart problems.
During pregnancy it is recommended to consult your doctor before doing this posture because in most cases Halasana should be avoided. Please let your yoga teacher know about your pregnancy, too.