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Highly recommended during the monsoon season, Halasana reduces the stiffness of the body by stretching important veins and muscles. Halasana or the Plow Pose is a stretching yoga asana that lends flexibility and strength to the spine and back muscles. An extension of Sarvangasana, in this pose, the body takes the shape of a plow (hala). Just as the plow softens hard ground, this asana reduces the stiffness of the body by stretching important veins and muscles. Highly recommended in the monsoon season, Halasana is helpful in curbing indigestion, constipation and acid reflux.
Lie down with your back on a Yoga mat and keep your arms straight by the side of thighs and your hands resting on the ground.
Exhale and inhaling, start raising both the legs upward and stop when they make angle of 90 degree with the floor.
Exhaling raise the waist, hips and push the legs backward over the head. Try to maintain the balance at least for three breaths.
After exhaling completely, push the legs further back and try to touch ground with toes.
Keep the toes stretched and continue normal breathing for minimum five breaths.
Exhale and inhaling lift the toes off the floor keeping the legs straight in knees.
Continue inhaling and slowly keep the back on the ground.
Exhaling, bring legs back to the normal position without jerk or speed.
Back and spine
Effective in treating chronic constipation, indigestion, gas formation and acidity
Improves arthritic pain and stiffness of the shoulders
Soothes nerves and rejuvenates abdominal organs
Provides flexibility to the spine
Treats obesity by activating thyroid gland
Reduces stress and fatigue
Stimulates the pancreas and helps control blood sugar levels
Increases blood circulation in spleen and enhances the immune system
In females, halasana is helpful in disorders like dysfunctional uterine bleeding, painful menstruation, etc.
Beginners should practice this asana very carefully and should not try to force their toes to touch the ground. Also, when you are raising your legs, make sure that you do not bend them, as that could put pressure on your spine.
You have sustained an injury to your spine or back in the recent past.
You have hypertension or any cervical or spinal problem like slip disc or tuberculosis of spine.
You have an enlarged spleen or liver due to any cause like malaria or hepatitis.
You are pregnant.
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