Halasana is a folded inversion, traditionally considered a finishing pose that may be practiced at the end of a yoga session. As a finishing pose, it helps prepare the body for relaxation, pranayama and meditation.
To begin, lie down on the ground with arms at the sides and palms pressing down. Lift the legs up to a vertical position. Then lift the hips and spine from the floor, bringing the legs behind the head. The toes are then placed on the floor and the legs are gently straightened.
The name comes from the Sanskrit hala meaning “plow,” and asana, meaning “pose.” Therefore, halasana is also referred to as plow pose in English.