What is Halasana?
Halasana is one of the important forward bending yoga poses which is associated with some of the unique surprising health benefits. If we analysis Halasana, it is pronounced as “hah-LAHS-anna” wherein Hal means ‘plow’ and asana indicates towards yoga pose. In English, it is known as Plow Pose or Plough Pose. Basically, here we will mention about its scientific as well as traditional cum textual health benefits. However, Plough Pose technique, precautions, contraindications, sequencing and breathing will also be enumerated.
10 wonder benefits of Halasana
- Halasana makes the entire spine supple, stretches the muscles, loosens the vertebrae and tones the nerves both inside and outside the spinal column. This leads to better efficiency of all the organs in the body.
- The plough pose helps in weight loss, especially the belly fat. The regular practice of the yoga pose and maintaining it up to a certain period of time puts adequate pressure and stretches on the abdomen. The stretching and compressing of these muscles and accordingly activating the fatty layer helps to melting extra fat from this part of the body thus ensures shedding fat from the abdominal region.
- It is good for facial skin and complexion as the circulation of blood gets maximize during its practice and ensures proper oxygenated blood flow in this region. Thus minimizes the formation of pimples, wrinkles and blemishes and helps to give glow to the facial region.
- It also impact on your hair health as the hair follicles receive more oxygen due to its practice. The regular practice of the plow pose helps to prevent hair fall and also can play an important role to prevent greying of hair.
- It helps to make your spine supple, flexible and also strengthens your back due to extra flow of blood in this region. If it is practiced in the presence of a Yoga teacher along with right technique, it can remove backache for always.
- Since, during the practice of Halasana, the arms are completely on the ground and straight and stretched too. Thus, if somebody is having pain, cramps, muscular and nerves issues in hands, are cured due to interlocking and stretching of palms and fingers.
- People suffering from stiff shoulders, elbows, lumbago and arthritis in the back find relief in this yoga pose.
- Pain in the stomach due to trapping of gases is also got relief immediately due to the practice of this yoga pose. Not only this, it also enhances the efficiency of the digestive system and helpful in curing of constipation.
- It acts like as a panacea for body organs viz. liver, kidney and pancreas. The practice of it decongests them and enhances the efficiency of these organs. Therefore, it is recommended that patients, who are having diabetes and liver issue, should include this yoga in their routine.
- The practice of Halasana along with Sarvangasana helps to control high blood pressure thus keeps one away from many health conditions.
Anatomy of Halasana
If we go through the anatomy of this yoga pose, it gives with more emphasis on the back, abdomen and pelvis. It mainly acts the upper back and neck region.
Halasana is a very good gauge of how freely you can breathe. Its one thing to have the muscular flexibility to get into the pose, but quite another to have the diaphragm and organs be free enough to remain there and breathe comfortably.
- While performing the pose, one should ensure that the toes should be on the floor.
- Neck should be straight.
- Hands should be firmly on the ground.
- Legs should be too straight and should come over your head.
- Try to lift the thigh bone upward.
- There should be space between chin and chest.
- Spinal injury
- Neck injury