Halasana (Plough pose): Steps, benefits, precautions

The word Halasana, in Sanskrit “Hala”, means “plow” and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’. Hence it is named Halasana because the last posture plow resembles an agricultural tool. Hence it is known as halasana (plow posture). In this case, the body shows the shape of the plow. This posture gives flexibility to the spine and at the same time makes the back muscles strong. The stages and benefits of Halasana (plow posture) are as follows.

If you also want to complete this asana, read on to know a step by step guide to do. This article gives you the right way of Halasana, the health benefits of Halasana and the precautions to be taken while practicing it.

A Girl doing a halasana. It is also called the plough pose.

Halasana (Plough pose) steps: The right way to do  Plough pose

We are giving here the way of doing Plough pose a in detail, read it carefully.

1)- Firstly, lie on your back. Join the legs together. Relax the whole body (Savasana position).
2)- Place the palm on the ground. Keep breathing normally.
3)- While exhaling, press the palm on the ground and raise both the legs straight upwards then try to touch the ground behind.
4)- To feel the full benefits of the posture, move the feet as far ahead of the head as possible. At this stage, one achieves a chin lock. At this point the thyroid glands are pressurized.
5)- Breathe slowly and hold the posture for according to your ability stay in this posture for 60 to 90 seconds, and then slowly bring the legs back. Initially take less time (30 seconds is also enough) and gradually increase the time.
6)- Now slowly release the pose to return to savasana position.
7)- Repeat this Asana for 3-5 times.

Halasana (Plough pose) benefits

  • This asana is effective in Weight Loss.
  • It helps to reduce stress.
  • Plough pose is beneficial for diabetic people. Those people should do this regularly.
  • Plough pose is improved digestion and appetite.
  • It helps to make the spinal cord strong and flexible.
  • It strengthens the abdominal muscles.
  • It normalizes the blood glucose level and stimulates the internal organs.
  • Cures the symptoms of menopause for women.
  • It stimulates the reproductive organs.
  • Muscles ligaments of thighs and calves get relaxed and stretched.
  • Improves digestive system, this asana is useful for those who are suffering from constipation and gastric problems.
  • This asana therapeutic for backache, headache, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis.

Precautions to Halasana (Plough pose)

  • Do not push beyond your physical capacity.
  • Do not do halasana if you have diarrhea, headache, high BP, menstruation, or neck injury.
  • Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should refrain from practicing Plough pose.
  • Because it is a difficult posture, do it initially under the direction of a guru.

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