In halasana position the body looks like a traditional Indian plough pulled by bulls in the fields. Also by practicing this pose one ploughs the body like one digs the earth, making it loose and free.
Objective: To stretch your cervical and thoracic regions.
BENEFITS OF PLOUGH – HALASANA YOGA POSE
Improves the tone and strength of the back muscles as the back is folded, as well as the leg muscles and abdominal muscles. It also removes the rigidity of the back muscles.
Improves the working of the spinal nerves, putting pressure on the nerves in the neck region which are predominantly sympathetic.
Improves the function of the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary glands. All of the other endocrine glands are regulated by these main glands and so the overall function of the endocrine system is improved. This results in the improved functioning of all the systems of the body.
Gives a complete stretch to the spine which increases its elasticity and overall functioning.
Stretches the shoulders.
Activates digestion and helps with constipation, improves the efficiency of all the abdominal organs such as the spleen, pancreas, liver and kidneys. The breathing movements of the diaphragm help to massage the abdominal organs.
Activates the thyroid gland and thymus gland, stimulating metabolism and immunity.
Calms the mind and reduces stress.
Can induce states of pratyahara (sense withdrawal).
PLOUGH – HALASANA
HOW TO PERFORM HALASANA YOGA POSE
STEP 1 – LEGS OVER
Plough poseIn the Plough, your body is bent forward; this stretches your entire spine, particularily your cervical vertebrae and shoulders. Come up into a Shoulderstand, and inhale deeply. Exhale while lowering your feet to the floor behind your head.
STEP 2 – LEGS DOWN
Rest your toes on the floor, then lay your arms down flat. Hold for 30 seconds at first, but aim to build up to 2 minutes. If you cannot lower your feet all the way, keep your hands on your back for support. To come out, lift your feet off the floor, and slowly roll down. Relax in the Corpse.
You may try this variation if you are supple enough. Once in the Plough, lower your knees to the floor by your ears. Hook your arms over your legs. To come out, straighten your knees, then roll down as described above.
BENEFITS OF HALASANA YOGA POSE FOR WOMEN
Due to the compression of the pelvic area it improves the circulation and tone to the reproductive organs, increasing their efficiency.
Can help to strengthen the lower back and sacral area, preventing lower back pain during menstruation.