Plow Pose (Halasana)

Plow Pose
  • The Plow Pose is also known as Halasana in Sanskrit.
  • The Plow pose is not for beginners as it is an intermediate-level yoga pose.
  • Each teacher has their opinion about whether the blanket should be used under your shoulder or not in this pose, just like the Shoulder Stand Pose.
  • The idea of using the blanket under the shoulder so the neck gets more space and doesn’t get compressed with pressure. As the shoulder will gain weight rather than the neck.
  • The Sanskrit word Halasana stands as Hal means plow, and asana means pose or posture, and thus, the name is plow pose.

How to do Plow Pose

  • You can start the pose by lying on your back. If you are using the blanket, make sure that your shoulders are on the blanket while your head and neck area are on the floor.
  • Bring your arms beside your body and extend them towards your leg direction.
  • Your palms should be facing the floor.
  • Now slowly press your arms and forearms simultaneously for the support, lift your leg to 90-degree and pause your leg for a few seconds.
  • You need to put your feet over your head until your toes are touching the floor. Also, make sure that your legs are straight.
  • You need to put your feet over your head until your toes are touching the floor. Also, make sure that your legs are straight.
  • Now, try to stretch your arms and bring your palms together such that your fingers are interlaced.
  • Your knuckles should be in the front direction of the mat as well as lifting your chest for strength.
  • Make sure that there is an alignment of your hips to your shoulder for support and stability.
  • Moreover, you should keep your neck straight and stare in an upward direction so that you can make a focused and stable pose.
  • Also, turning your head during the pose could be dangerous, leading to a neck injury.
  • Try to stay for 5 breaths in the pose.
  • Finally, you can release the pose by taking the arms from the position and lay them beside your body in such a way that your palm should be facing the floor.
  • Now, lift your legs slowly from the position and keep your legs straight in a resting place.
  • Try to take a few minutes of rest after releasing from the pose.

Benefits of Plow Pose

  • Reduces fatigue and stress as it calms the brain.
  • Stretches the shoulder and spine.
  • It also stimulates abdominal organs.
  • Relieves the symptoms of menopause.
  • Moreover, it is therapeutic for headache, backache, insomnia, infertility, and sinusitis.

Contraindications of Halasana

  • Neck Injury
  • Diarrhea
  • Menstruation
  • High blood pressure & Asthma
  • Avoid this pose in pregnancy.

Follow-up Poses

Preparatory Poses

Variations

Side Plow Pose Yoga (Parsva Halasana)

  • The Sanskrit word Parsva Halasana is pronounced PARSH-vah.
  • The term comes from the Sanskrit word – Parsva Halasana, where parsva means side or flank, Hal means plow, and asana means pose or posture.
  • This pose can be performed by keeping the feet on the floor.
  • You need to keep your hands on your back, and your feet should be on your left side in a comfortable position.
  • Try to keep your pelvis in a neutral position, and your hips should be parallel to the floor as your hip can sink in one side as you are performing your feet to the left side.
  • You need to hold the pose between 30 seconds to 1 minute and again, take the feet back to the center.
  • Again, take 2-3 breaths, then move your feet to the right side with the same time limit.
  • Finally, you can release the pose by taking the feet back to the center.

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