How to Halasana
This posture gained its name from the Sanskrit words “Hala” meaning plough and “asana” meaning pose. Just like the other yoga poses, the Halasana is named so because the basic shape of the pose resembles a typical plow used in Tibet and India. This asana is one of the finishing poses that you will do right from the beginning in yoga. But only once your feet touch the ground, it becomes an advanced pose.
1. Start by laying down on a yoga mat and bend your legs at the knees.
2. Pull your legs closer to your upper body and then lift them upwards.
3. Slowly lift your upper body off the ground, placing your hands on your hips.
4. Your elbows must be placed strongly on the mat, to support your body.
5. Slowly, push your hips upwards, bending your legs lower such that your feet rest behind your head.
6. Interlock the finger of your hands and lower your arms against the mat.
7. Stretch and straighten out your arms and legs.
8. Hold this posture for a few deep breaths.
9. Place your hands back on your hips, supporting your body and lift your leg up one at a time.
10. Stay in this posture for a deep breath.
11. Slowly, bend your legs, bringing your knees close to your chin.
12. Slowly lower your body back onto the mat.
13. Straighten your legs out.
14. Lay your hands at your sides, palms facing upwards.
15. Finally, relax in savasana!
1. This asana massages the digestive organs, and therefore, improves digestion and regulates appetite.
2. It regulates metabolism and helps in weight loss.
3. It is an excellent asana for diabetic patients because it normalizes the blood sugar levels.
4. It flexes the spinal cord and releases the strain in the back, thereby enhancing posture and reducing any pain.
5. It helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and stimulates the reproductive system.
6. It helps reduce stress and fatigue.
7. This asana also helps to calm the brain.
8. It gives the spine and shoulders a good stretch.
9. It works on the thyroid gland as well.
10. It helps cure backaches, infertility, sinusitis, insomnia, and headaches.
Avoid practising this asana if you are suffering from diarrhoea or any neck injury. Do not practice this asana during menstruation. If you are suffering from high blood pressure and asthma, support your legs with props while you practice this asana. If you are pregnant, do this asana only if you have been practising it for a long time. Do not begin practising when you get pregnant.
It is best to practice yoga early in the morning. In case you cannot wake up early, or have a whole lot of errands to run once you are up, you can practice this asana in the evening. Just make sure your stomach and bowels are empty. It is a good idea to leave a gap of at least four to six hours between your meal and the practice.
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