An Easy Guide to Halasana, or Yoga Plough Pose
Halasana, or Plough Pose, is great for alleviating back pain, as it stretches the entire body, and strengthens the muscles around the spine. This yoga pose also helps to improve sleep, as it reduces stress and fatigue symptoms.
Halasana is an accessible way of inverting without the issues of instability that come with headstand, handstand and shoulderstand.
This yoga pose is also a brilliant stretch and is strengthening for the back, legs and arms and a good way of rejuvenating the abdominal organs. There's also something very comforting about hanging out in this pose - perhaps it's the way the legs hide the face - it feels like your own private shelter.
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How to do Tadasana, or Mountain Pose in easy steps
Place a folded blanket on the mat. Lie down, so that your shoulders align with the top edge of the blanket and your head is on the mat.
Inhale and slowly lift your hips off the floor.
On an exhalation, slowly peel off the mat, bringing the legs over your head and lower your toes to the mat.
Tighten the knees, raise the thighs and tailbone, keep your shoulders and neck relaxed - don't scrunch and don’t turn your neck.
Wriggle your hands under your body, clasping your hands if this is available to you.
Breathe smoothly, stretching the arms and legs away from you and breathing steadily - trying to find the space in the pose.
This pose can be held from one to five minutes - focus on breathing steadily.
To come out, place your hands on your lower back, bend your knees and bring them towards the chest. On an exhalation, slowly roll down, vertebrae by vertebrae.
Yoga pose category: Lying face up
Be careful not to overstretch the neck in this pose – as this could cause pain and stiffness. Try keeping the neck soft by lifting the shoulders slightly.
Sanskrit words meaning:
Hala - plough
Asana - pose
Yoga pose health benefits:
Like all yoga poses, Halasana has many health benefits. Use it to help with the following health conditions:
High blood pressure
Yoga pose contraindications:
Don’t practice Halasana if you have any of the following health conditions:
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