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Halasan or Plow pose - Steps and Benefits

As the position of our body in this asana looks like a farmer's plow, it is called hal (meaning plow) asan (meaning pose). This pose can be taken in different steps. We are going to learn Steps and Benefits of Halasan.

Halasan or Plow pose - Steps and Benefits
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Steps of Halasan (Plow pose) -

Lie down on the back with stretched body and legs (This is a foundation step).
Now, keep your hands on the floor, straight, in rest position and parallel to your legs.
Slowly lift your legs upward. As, it will be difficult in first attempt, bend your legs/knees to make it easy to lift in upward direction.
Now, try to lift your waist in upward direction. This will automatically push your legs toward your head. This also is difficult for the beginners. So, take the help of your hands to lift your waist.
Once you completely lifted and bent your waist, your feet will be almost near to your head.
Now try to bend your legs more in waist and try to touch the floor in front of your head. (See figure).

This position is called Halasan (Plow pose). For beginner, don't try to do it in first attempt. This pose is more beneficial than Shirshasan and Sarvangasan.

Precautions to take before doing Halasan (Plow pose) -

This asan can be done in the morning or evening, but only with an empty stomach or after 3-4 hours after having food.
keep breathing normal. But, inhale slowly while bending or lifting your legs toward head and exhale slowly while releasing position.
Don't press yourself to get position if not feeling comfortable. Do it only till you feel comfortable.
Beginner can do it for 5-10 seconds and can increase time by 2-5 seconds per week. After few days of practice, can do it from 1 - 2 minutes.

Benefits of Halasan (Plow pose)-

This is very beneficial for the health of backbone.
Due to stretching or contraction of various muscles, it regulates the blood circulation of all muscles.
It gives a strength to backbone, legs, neck (both back and front), waist, heart, stomach.
It reduces the chances of back aching.
This is useful for reducing fatigue, specially to people doing physical work.
This reduces the chances of hunchback.

In the above article, we have  learnt Steps and Benefits of Halasan. This is a real secret of good health that do keep practising it daily and it will give you better result as a good health. 

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