Other Basic Asanas

Plough pose (Halasana)

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Halasana or Plough Pose, otherwise known as Parvatasana in other schools of yoga, is an inverted back-bending posture in yoga exercise. This comes from two Sanskrit words ‘Hala’ which means Plough and ‘Asana’ which means pose. This asana has many benefits to the body. It stimulates the digestive system and the thyroid gland. Because it strengthens the core muscles as well, it helps in alleviating menstrual problems or menopause symptoms. It helps cure gas, indigestion, and constipation. This also stretches the spine and the shoulders. This asana is perfect for strengthening the Manipura and Vishuddha Cakra. Regular practice of this asana will help to increase mental energy, allowing greater control of nerves on the knee joints, and subdue stress. Regular practice of this will boost the energy level it will be easier to overcome any sort of internal and external crisis with great ease.

People with cervical spine and shoulder issues should take precaution when doing this asana.

How to Execute Halasana:

  1. Start with the posture of Sarvaungasana.
  2. With feet together and using the core muscles, gradually bring the limbs toward the head.
  3. Stretch the limbs as far as possible, letting the toes touch the ground.
  4. Keep both hands in the prone position on either side of the body.
Practice: 3 rounds x 2 minutes maximum, with 20-30 second rests in between

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