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The word “Halasana” is derived from a Sanskrit word “Hala” meaning “plough”; and “Asana” meaning “posture” or “seat”. It is commonly called as “Plow Pose” in English.
STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED:
Lie down on your back, with feet together and hands by the side of the body.
Take a deep breath, as you exhale start lifting your legs up, and tightening your abdomen, lift your hips also up and place your palms on the hips and as you start lifting your legs higher, slowly move your palms from the buttocks to the lower back.
At first get your legs and hips in one straight line, then you slowly tighten your abdomen, and start dropping your legs above the head, bending from the hip joint.
Keep progressing in getting your legs closer to the floor, above the head each time you exhale.
Make sure to keep your knees straight while the toes are resting on the floor.
Once the body is well balanced in this posture, slowly take off your hands from the lower back, and keep it straight, with fingers interlocked, elbows straight. Keeping fingers interlocked, the palms should be facing each other.
Hold this posture for 30 sec to 1 minute.
Release the posture by unlocking the fingers, and placing the palms on the lower back again.
Taking the hand support, start lifting your legs up, towards the ceiling. Then engaging your core and abdomen, start dropping your hips down on the floor.
When the hips are dropping down, the legs should not drop on the floor forcefully and rest of the body should not come in sitting in this process.
Now slowly, lie down in shavasana relax.
It helps in calming and restoring the sympathetic nervous system,
It helps in improving memory and concentration.
It helps in relieving stress and fatigue.
It helps the spine to become more flexible and stretches the whole back surface of the body.
This posture is also having therapeutic effects for conditions such as headaches, infertility, and insomnia.
Back problems or slipped disc
Weak or injured cervical muscles
Weak blood vessels in the eyes
High blood pressure
DISCLAIMER: – PLEASE PRACTICE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF YOGA TEACHER/ YOGA EXPERT.