HALASANA

Plow Pose

Halasana balances the thyroid gland and brings great flexibility to the spine and hamstrings and tones the digestive organs.

Steps:
  1. Starting in Sarvangasana (supported shoulder stand), 

  2. Exhale and bend from the hip joints to slowly lower your toes behind your head. -You are aiming to reach the floor but if this does not happen get to wherever is comfortable.- Keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs fully extended. (as if someone is pulling you up by the hips)

  3. Inhale, draw your chin away from your sternum and soften your throat. opening up the shoulders and pressing into the ground with the upper arms to create lift.

  4. If your toes are on the floor point them away from the body. Then release your hands away from your back, interlace the fingers and stretch the arms out behind you on the floor (see photo). If this is uncomfortable return to supporting the back. 

  5. Stay in the posture breathing deeply for as long as is comfortable working up to 5 minutes. 

  6. To exit the pose bring your hands onto your back again, inhale lift the legs back into Sarvangasana (supported shoulder stand)

  7. Exhalae, slowly and roll the spine down onto the floor bringing the hips down last, then lower the legs coming to the lying down posture.

Benefits:
  1. Strengthens and opens up the neck, shoulders, abs and back muscles

  2. Calms the nervous system, reduces stress and fatigue

  3. Tones the legs

  4. Stimulates the thyroid gland, strengthens the immune system

  5. Helps relive symptoms of menopause

  6. Stimulates the abdominal organs and the thyroid gland

  7. Stretches the shoulders and spine

  8. Therapeutic for backache, headache, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis

Contraindications:​
  1. Diarrhoea

  2. Menstruation

  3. Neck injury

  4. Asthma & high blood pressure: Practice Halasana with the legs supported on props, such as chair.

  5. Pregnancy: If you are experienced with this pose, you can continue as long as it feels good, you should not start the practice of Halasana after you become pregnant.

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