Steps to perform Halasana
- Lie on your back with your arms beside you, palms downwards.
- As you inhale, use your abdominal muscles to lift your feet off the floor, raising your legs vertically at a 90 degree angle.
- Continue to breathe normally and supporting your hips and back with your hands, lift them off the ground.
- Allow your legs to sweep in a 180 degree angle over your head till your toes touch the floor. Your back should be perpendicular to the floor.
- Tip: Do this slowly and gently. Ensure that you do not strain your neck or push it into the ground.
- Breathe deeply and slowly in the final position.
- Tip: Avoid jerking your body, while bringing the legs down.
- Maintains elasticity of spine and keeps Spinal nerve in perfect health.
- Develops strong abdominal muscles and improves digestion and excretory systems.
- Stimulates the thyroid gland, strengthens the immune system.
- Helps women during menopause.
- Enlarged liver and spleen can be reduced.
- Avoid practicing Plow Pose (Halasana) if you have injured your neck, suffering from diarrhea and high blood pressure.
- Ladies should avoid practicing Plow Pose (Halasana) during pregnancy and during the first two days of the menstrual cycle.
- If you suffer from and liver or spleen disorders, asthma or hypertension, then attempt this pose only under supervision of an experienced teacher.