Halasana or plough pose
Halasana is derived from Sanskrit word hala which means plough .This pose resembles to the agricultural equipment used in farming to loosen the soil. This pose is used as finishing sequence or during the end of Yoga Session. Based on the flexibility level this gives a maximum stretch for your back muscles and gives a complete relaxation. Before attempting to perform halasana it is better to master sarvangasana which is a shoulder stand.
How to do:
* Lie down on mat in supine pose ,place your hand beside hips and raise your leg vertical pressing you hands against to floor .
* From here using the momentum and strength of your core raise your leg further and try balancing on shoulder ,this position or pose is called sarvangasana.
* Now slowly lower your leg backward reaching the floor ,your toes much be touching the floor .
* Your hands can be placed beside or you can interlace the hands and hold together.
* Stay in this pose for few breaths and return back to supine position.
Benefits of halasana:
* This pose helps in the Circulation of Blood.
* Gives relief from asthma or other such respiratory illness.
* This pose is known to activate all the endocrine glands ,especially the thyroid as the backward movement of leg gives pressure on thyroid gland and regulates it.
* Helps in Proper digestion
* It is known to normalize the blood sugar level.
* Stimulates the reproductive organs.
* Strengthens the immune system.
* Strengthens Spinal Chord and back muscles.
* Calms the mind and reduce stress.
* Avoid doing halasana if you have injured your neck and suffering from High blood pressure.
* People with medical problem must first consult their doctor before attempting this pose.
“ Yoga Teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured”