Halasana - Plow Pose

The name comes from the Sanskrit words hala meaning "plow" and asana meaning "posture".Just as a plough softens unyielding and hard ground,this pose reduces the stiffness in the body by stretching the veins.
Benefits : Calms the brain
Stimulates the abdominal organs and the thyroid gland
Stretches the shoulders and spine
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Reduces stress and fatigue
Therapeutic for backache, headache, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis.

Do not attempt the full version of this pose without the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Note: Many beginners find that their toes do not yet reach the floor.If this is the case,practice the pose with a wall behind you.Rest your feet along the wall for support.
Avoid doing this asana. Read this section carefully before you do it.
Should be avoided during pregnancy and menstruation,high blood pressure and brain diseases.
Should be avoided if suffering from an enlarged thyroid,spleen or liver as well as cervical spondylitis,slipped disc,neck problems,headache and weak blood vessels in the eyes.

How to do this asana:

Lie flat on your back.Exhale and while inhaling slowly raise the legs to a 90 degree angle from the floor.Exhaling raise the waist and hips,taking the legs over the head,keeping them suspended above the ground.After exhaling fully,lower the leg further down and rest the toes on the floor.Keep the toes stretched and breathe normally.
Step 1: Lie on the back.The arms lie beside the body with the palms facing up.
Step 2: Inhaling raise the legs,buttocks and upper body into Sarvangasana.
Step 3: Exhaling,keep the legs straight and lower them behind the head. The tips of the toes touch the floor and the chin touches the chest.
Step 4: Breathing normally hold the posture as long as comfortable.Inhaling raise both legs up into Sarvangasana.Exhaling slowly return to the starting position.

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