Halasana (Plough pose) – 33 Powerful Health Benefits, Easy to do technique and Contraindications

What is Halasana (Plough pose)

  • In this asana, your body takes the shape of a plough or plow
  • Hala is the sanskrit word for “plough.”
  • Practicing Halasana regularly helps to increase your self-confidence and energy.
  • This asana helps to restore calm and clarity of mind after a long illness.
  • This pose alleviates the effects of stress and strain by resting and relaxing your eyes and brain.

Here is the video to help you understand the technique to practice the Halasana (Plough pose)

Benefits of Halasana

  1. Relieves fatigue and boosts energy levels
  2. Controls hypertension
  3. Rejuvenates all the abdominal organs
  4. Most helpful in easy digestion
  5. Prevents constipation and dyspepsia
  6. Improves the appetite
  7. Lengthens the spine, and improves its alignment
  8. Helps treat hernia and hemorrhoids, if practiced with legs separated
  9. Relieves pain or cramps in the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders, if practiced with arms and interlocked fingers extended toward the legs
  10. Reduces insomnia
  11. Relieves stress related headaches, migraines
  12. Relieves palpitations and breathlessness
  13. Improves the functioning of the thyroid and parathyroid glands
  14. This asana is especially beneficial for the good function of the female reproductive organs thereby reducing the menstrual problems
  15. Increases the metabolic rate
  16. Alleviates throat ailments, asthma, bronchitis, colds, and throat congestion
  17. This yoga pose strengthens the wrists, shoulders and the elbows and makes them more flexible and healthy
  18. Strengthens and tones the muscles of the calf and the thigh
  19. Strengthens the spinal nerves
  20. Improves the function of adrenal glands and the spleen
  21. This yoga asana is most helpful to get rid of Anxiety
  22. Improves the blood circulation of the spine
  23. Revitalizes the immune system
  24. Regulates the menopause
  25. This Yoga Pose prevents diabetes as it keeps a check on the insulin levels
  26. Relieves backaches and lumbago
  27. Helpful to Cure arthritis of the back and spine
  28. The best yoga asana for healthy function of the kidneys and pancreas
  29. Helpful in Better management of stress
  30. Get rids of the spasms of the muscles of the back
  31. Helps in weight loss, especially reduces the excess fat around the waist and the abdomen
  32. This pose is the best yoga for healthy internal organs as it improves the overall function of all the internal organs
  33. Strengthens all the muscles of the abdomen

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Ischemia
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Diarrhea.
  • Avoid this pose during menstruation
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Asthma
  • Breathing difficulties
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical and mental fatigue
  • If you are prone to headaches, migraines, asthma, breathing difficulties, high blood pressure, physical and mental fatigue, or are overweight, practice Halasana with props and with your eyes closed.

How to do Halasana (Plow pose)

Step by step instructions on how to do Halasana (Plow pose)

Step 1

  • Perform Salamba Sarvangasana
  • Then exhale and bend from the hip joints
  • Now Slowly lower your toes to the floor level above and beyond your head.
  • Try to keep your torso perpendicular to the floor as much as possible and
  • Make sure your legs are in fully extended position.
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