- Halasana Content-:
Halasana is made up of two Hindi words, in which Hal means an agricultural instrument digging in the ground and Asana means posture and this posture resembles the shape of a plow, hence its name Halasana. Halasana is also called the Plow Pose in English. This asana should be done by those people who have flexibility in their body or they practice any asana daily, due to which flexibility remains in their body. Those people who do not use any asana should not practice this asana, because doing this asana can also cause problems, so they should first do small asanas so that their body remains flexible. The bones of the spine remain flexible by practicing this asana daily.
Practicing this asana regularly helps to alleviate the effects of anxiety and fatigue and it also helps to increase your self-confidence and energy. People who have thyroid problems are advised to do Halasana.
- Let’s learn how to do Halasana or Plow Pose-:
- First of all, spread a mat on the ground or lie down on it by folding 2 blankets and rest your back, neck, and shoulders on the blanket. Now spread your legs and tighten your knees. Focus on your feet, stretch from your thighs to your heels and keep your arms at your sides with your palms on the floor.
- Now while exhaling, raise your buttocks above the floor and bring the knees to the chest, which will make it easier for you to lift your legs. Keep your arms straight and plant your toes on the ground. Now push your shoulders back and broaden your chest.
- As you immediately raise your legs, lift your buttocks and hips toward the ceiling and bring your knees toward your chin until your shins are perpendicular to the floor.
- Now bend your elbows and place your hands on your lower back. Keep lifting your hips and buttocks until your torso is perpendicular to the floor and your thighs are above your face. Now bring your bent knees near your forehead. Breathe evenly.
- Stretch the arms and interlace the thumbs on the opposite side of the feet and spread the hands and feet.
- Now bring your hips in the direction opposite to your head and rotate till they are perpendicular to the floor and in line with your shoulders and then slowly straighten your legs and lower them. Do not let your toes touch the floor. Now lift your chest, and bring your sternum to your chin. Now interlock your fingers and bend your wrists in such a way that the thumbs rest on the floor.
- It is advisable to change the interlock so that you can do the asana properly by holding each other’s thumbs and spreading the arms at equal lengths. This will lead to harmonious development and flexibility in both the shoulder, elbow, and wrist.
- Interlocking is difficult in the beginning but with the gradual practice of the above-mentioned positions, you will be able to interlock your fingers easily.
- In the beginning it is also difficult to keep the toes firmly on the floor behind the head. If you lengthen the timing and stretch of Sarvangasana before going into Halasana, the toes will remain longer on the floor.
- Benefits of Halasana or Plow Pose-:
- Practicing this asana helps to relieve fatigue and boosts energy levels.
- It controls Hypertension.
- This asana rejuvenates your abdominal organs and improves digestion.
- It gives relief from pain in fingers, hands, elbows, and shoulders if we practice it with our hands and move our fingers towards the feet.
- This asana reduced excess fat.
- Practicing this asana daily helps in increasing the height of children and also makes the body energetic and healthy.
- The practice of this asana strengthens the spine and improves alignment.
- This asana is recommended for that thyroid problems.
- Precautions while doing Halasana-:
- If there is any injury in the bones or any problem in the spine then this asana should not be done.
- People who have flexibility in their body can practice Halasana because then this asana will become easy, but those who do not practice any asana should not do Halasana.
- Do not practice this asana if you have cervical spondylosis.
- This asana should not be done in case of high blood pressure, low blood pressure, and heart patients and also in the condition of back pain.
- Pregnant women should also not practice this asana.
- While practicing Halasana slowly, the legs should be taken backward and brought back slowly and not in a hurry.
- Do not practice this pose during menstruation time.
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