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Halasana

The Plough Pose

chakra yoga - halasana - the plough pose


Instructions
  • Lie flat on the back with the arms straight and beside the body, palms facing downwards
  • Keeping the legs straight, slowly raise them to the vertical position above the body
  • Only use the stomach muscles to raise the legs
  • Do not use the arms
  • Simultaneously bend the trunk upward, hips first
  • Slowly lower the legs over the head and touch the floor with the toes of both feet
  • Keep the legs straight, bend the arms and place the hands on the back as in sarvangasana
  • Relax the body
  • Remain in the final pose for a comfortable period of time
  • Then either return to the starting position or perform the following additions to the basic pose:
  • ADDITION 1:
    • Walk the feet away from the head until the body is completely stretched and a tight chin lock occurs
  • ADDITION 2:
    • Walk the feet towards the head until the back is fully tensed
    • Keep the legs straight and directly above the head
    • Grasp the feet with the fingers
    • Maintain these poses for a comfortable length of time, then return to the final pose of basic halasana


Breath
  • Retain inside while assuming and returning from this asana
  • Breathe slowly and deeply in the final pose


Duration
  • Adepts can hold the final pose of halasana and the two additional stages for more that 10 minutes each
  • Beginners should hold each pose for 15 seconds during the first week of practice, doing each in rotation up to 4 times and adding 15 seconds every week until each pose is held for 1 minute


Concentration
  • Physical: On the abdomen, relaxation of the back muscles, respiration, or the thyroid gland


Sequence


Precautions
  • Beginners should not do poorwa halasana until their back muscles become flexible.


Limitations
  • Not for old and infirm people, sufferers of sciatica and other back ailments, or high blood pressure.


Benefits
  • Adjusts the functioning of the abdominal organs, especially kidneys, liver, and pancreas
  • Activates digestion, relieves constipation and removes fat from the waist
  • Beneficially influences all the visceral organs
  • Regulates the activities of the thyroid, thereby balancing all the body's metabolic rates
  • Helps to remedy diabetes, eliminate piles, loosen the vertebrae, and tone the spinal nerve
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