Yoga Plow Pose - Halasana
About Yoga Plow Pose
The yoga plow pose is classified as an inversion pose. This pose is not suitable for beginners as it involves immense amounts of practice and can only be attempted after all the beginner poses have been thoroughly mastered. The plow pose requires flexibility, stamina and a great deal of concentration and focus which can only be cultivated through considerable yoga practice.
Be sure to warm up before attempting the plow pose to prevent muscle strain or possible injuries. A few body stretches or other mild exercises will be enough to prepare your muscles for the intermediate yoga plow pose!
Step by Step Instructions
Spread out your yoga mat and follow these guidelines for the plow pose!
- Lay a folded yoga blanket on the mat. Lay down on your back so that your shoulders are supported by the blanket. Your head and neck, however, should not be placed on the blanket.
- Focus all your energy towards the abdominal muscles and lift your legs over your head until the toes touch the floor or mat behind you. Extend and straighten your legs as much as possible.
- Now straighten your arms out behind your back and twine your fingers together. You can alternatively also use your hands to support your back.
- Maintain this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute or longer if you are able to.
- Exit this pose by supporting your back with your hands and bringing your legs back onto the mat.
- This pose may also be performed without using the yoga blanket in step 1.
Health Benefits of Plow Pose
The yoga plow pose has numerous health benefits for the mind and body!
- Relaxes the mind and relieves stress.
- Enhances the functioning of the abdominal organs.
- Stimulates the thyroid gland.
- Stretches and strengthens the spine, legs and shoulders.
- Alleviates menopausal symptoms.
- Alleviates headaches, backaches, insomnia, sinusitis and possible even infertility.
Things to Remember!
Individuals suffering from diarrhea, neck injuries, asthma and asthma should refrain from attempting this pose. Pregnant women or those who are menstruating should also refrain from performing the yoga plow pose.