Halasana

halasana

Halasana

   

Halasana represents a combination of two words in the Sanskrit language where Hala means Plow and Asana mean Pose. Hence, Halasana is also named as Plow Pose in the English language. Like most other yoga poses, Halasana is named so just because of the posture that body forms in the final phase of this asana. It uses to be same as the plow that is commonly used in India and Tibet and this device is also known as a mythical symbol with several interesting stories associated with it in India, Egypt, China, and Tibet.

One of the most interesting stories of Tretayuga says that King Janaka found a lovely baby girl in the field when he was plowing it; she was later married to Lord Rama. This asana is considered as a finishing pose for series of yoga poses. However, while performing this pose when your feet touch the surface, it turns out to be an advanced yoga pose.

                          Halasana can be attempted via two different techniques. Both the techniques are described in the following passages. First technique is little easy.

Technique 1:

Lie down straight on your back. The heels and toes of both the legs must be close to each other. The palms should face down to the floor and kept very close to your body. Also, keep your neck and head straight.

Stretch your legs and keep them rigid. Extend your toes in the direction opposite to that of your head. Now, keep inhaling as you lift your legs upwards until you find your legs in vertical position. Your hands must be stable on the floor. Once your legs are vertical, start exhaling and simultaneously bend your legs towards your head and continue bending them until your toes touch the floor. Once your toes touch the surface, try to stabilize yourself in that position. After that, breathe in and breathe out gradually. Maintain this posture for six to eight seconds. Remember to not bend your knees, and keep your toes straight or at least touching the floor. Your palms and hands should be out-stretched and firm on the floor.

Thereafter, lower your back inch-by-inch on the floor. All this time, your legs and toes should be straight and rigid. When finally, your heels are on the ground, rest for six to eight seconds. Here ends the first technique. In the initial days, this asana should be repeated only twice and repeat not more than four times after few days.

Ardha Halasana

ardha-halasana
Ardha-halasana

 

Technique2: 

Lie down straight on your back. The heels and toes of both the legs must be close to each other. The palms should face down to the floor and kept very close to your body. Also, keep your neck and head straight.

Now inhale and simultaneously raise your hands, keep them parallel to each other and place them near your head. Keep your palm’s up-side down on the floor. Do not stop the process of inhaling until your hands reach the surface.  Take a deep breathe again and raise your legs, and do not stop inhaling unless your legs are vertical.  Once your legs are vertical, start exhaling and simultaneously bend your legs towards your head and continue bending them until your toes touch the floor. If you are not able to touch the floor with your toes, do not worry; just bend the legs only as far as you can. Once you have stopped exhaling, resume your normal breathing process.

Once you are in this position, remember to not bend your knees, and keep your toes straight or at least touching the floor. Your hands and palms must be parallel to each other and your both legs and toes close to each other.

Maintain this posture for six to eight seconds. Thereafter, first bring your shoulders down and then lower your back inch-by-inch on the floor. Your hands have to be stable on the ground, when you bring down your legs. When your heels are on the floor, raise your hands and bring them down to the floor, making sure both the hands are parallel to each other all the time. Thereafter, loosen your body and relax for about six to eight seconds. Here ends the second technique. In the initial days, this asana should be attempted only once and then repeat not more than four times after few days.

Benefits of Halasana :

It helps in preventing the dysfunction of the sex glands, thereby fortifying, stimulating and strengthening it; which helps to avoid the sense of disinterest and lethargy and also impotency-related disorders. This asana increases the flexibility of the spinal cord, and helps get rid of undesirable weight. Decreases the waist’s size, and reduces fat around the stomach. Halasana stimulates and reinforces the nervous system and the digestive system which assists in building a slender body. By doing this asana, you exercise every part of the spine. This activates blood circulation in the upper part of the body, provides a natural shine to the face and keeps you youthful. Apart from this, it aids in staying away from the diseases of the stomach, heart and the lungs.

Halasana regularises blood circulation, reduces fat and helps control rage. It wipes out the root cause of diabetes. This asana stimulates the mind’s capability of reasoning and intelligence. The young and intelligent girls can be benefited a great deal by the practice of this asana. Halasana activates the Kundalini (strong spirit energy located at the base of the spine).

Note: Some yoga disciples join their hands together over their head, and some try to hold the feet with their hands and consider this action as the ultimate position.

Important Tip:

The heels should be brought down in a very slow motion. Do not rush, because the sudden surge in the speed may put some unwanted strain on the nerves of the stomach.

Things to know before you perform Halasana:

The best time to practice Halasana is early in the morning but in case if you are not able to spare time to practice it in the busy morning, it can also be done in the evening. However, you need to maintain a gap of around 4-6 hours between last meal and yoga practice.

This asana should not be practiced by those who have a neck injury, diarrhea or are in menstruation cycle. Those who are in trouble due to asthma and high blood pressure can use some props to get the right support for legs while performing Halasana. In case if you are pregnant, this asana should be done only if you are already experienced to do it; pregnancy is not the right time, to begin with, Halasana. Prefer to avail guidance from professionals to do this pose accurately otherwise it can cause some side effects as well.

The person who practices Halasana in routine can avail great results for improving the functionality of the whole body. This asana is capable enough to boost blood flow so that body can have more suppleness in thoracic and lumbar regions. It also releases tension and stress from neck and throat area. People who practice Halasana in routine are able to maintain streamlined breath. Halasana is capable enough to heal the nervous system and improves the balance between adrenaline and thyroxine glands. It can also remove toxins from digestive tracts and urinary tract.

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