Halasana (Plough pose) – 12 Benefits and Contraindications

What is Halasana (Plough pose)

  • In this asana, your body takes the shape of a plough
  • 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.

Benefits of Halasana

  1. Relieves fatigue and boosts energy levels
  2. Controls hypertension
  3. Rejuvenates the abdominal organs and improves digestion
  4. Lengthens the spine, and improves its alignment
  5. Helps treat hernia and hemorrhoids, if practiced with legs separated
  6. Relieves pain or cramps in the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows,and shoulders, if practiced with arms and interlocked fingers extended toward the legs
  7. Reduces insomnia, and anxiety
  8. Relieves stress related headaches, migraines
  9. Relieves palpitations and breathlessness
  10. Improves the functioning of the thyroid and parathyroid glands
  11. Alleviates throat ailments, asthma, bronchitis, colds, and congestion
  12. Relieves backaches, lumbago, and arthritis of the back and spine

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.
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