Yoga Poses: Halasana
Take special precautions while doing any asana. If you are learning yoga, then take the advice of a knowledgeable person. Do not put any kind of force in the event of pain or unable to do so. Keep in mind that you will be able to succeed only with constant practice.
Brief Introduction Of The Halasana
- Yoga asanas have been in practice for centuries and have yielded good health results for many people who have been practicing it. Although some of the asanas are a little difficult than usual exercises, trying it regularly can help you master them in a few weeks or months.
- Apart from known to helping the body and making it flexible it is also known to help with the mind and connect with the spiritual self as well. There are many people around the world who practice different asanas in order to be healthy and mentally fit.
- In this article we would have a look at the halasana, how to do it properly, and its benefits in terms of health. We shall also look at the few precautions that you ought to keep in mind while practicing this asana.
How To Do The Halasana?
- Halasana is also commonly known to people as the plough pose which is an agricultural tool in India. People look like a plough while they practice this pose and hence it gets the name from it.
- Like all asanas this is also supposed to be practiced on the floor. However, for the sake of comfort people tend to use a few blankets to support their back while they do it. If done right the halasana is instrumental in helping people get rid of various problems.
- Beginners may essentially find it difficult to do this asana without the help of others. Moreover, keeping their backs to the floor without support may also be a difficult task. Hence is it is advised that you begin with using blankets or other support for your back.
- There are also options for beginners to practice this pose with the help of a chair. The chair would essentially support their legs before they become stable with the pose. Once they are stable, they can move towards removing the chair and bringing their feet to touch the ground.
- You can only deepen the pose once you are able to support your legs and ensuring that you are stable. Once you are in this position and stable at the same time you can further deepen you pose to get the right position with the real halasana.
- The right steps to getting into halasana are as follows:
- Lie flat on the floor in a horizontal position with your arms by the side of your body.
- Slowly raise your feet and hips towards, above and beyond your head.
- Your torso should always be kept perpendicular to the floor but your legs fully extended.
- Once your feet are on the floor above your head try to lift your torso towards the ceiling. While doing this always remember to draw your inner groins completely into the pelvis area.
- Your shin should be drawn away from sternum while you are softening your throat.
- While you have achieved this, you can continue to push your torso up towards the ceiling thus forming the plough position.
- Now push your hands and keep them parallel to the ground in the first position that you started off with. This would provide you with the kind of support that you need to balance your body in this position.
- You can be positioned in this asana for as long as 1 minute to 5 minutes depending on your comfort level and your experience with the same.
Benefits Of The Halasana
Most of the asanas that you practice have an array of health benefits that you should be aware of. Likewise, the halasana too has its own set of benefits. We look at how you can be benefitted by practicing this asana below:
- The halasana is said to be therapeutic for people suffering from backache, insomnia, headache, sinusitis, and infertility
- This asana is also instrumental in helping the brain calm down to a great extent
- You would be able to reduce fatigue and stress to a great extent while practicing this asana on a regular basis
- It also helps you stretch your spine and shoulders and improve blood flow
- If you are a person suffering from the symptoms of menopause it would help you with relief from the same
- It also helps stimulate the thyroid glant as well as the abdominal organs to a great extent
- One has to remember to do this asana with only the steps provided above or with the help of a yoga instructor. Once a person is able to master this asana, they can help their partner achieve success with it too.
- Like most yoga asanas this would also ensure that you are able to be rid of anxiety and stress with better blood circulation. Your back would become stronger along with your pelvic area and neck when the asana is done right.
Precautions To Be Taken While Doing The Halasana
- Like most yoga asanas the halasana should also be practiced with caution and consulting a doctor before you begin is a good idea. In case you are not doing the asana right, there are chances that you can aggravate an existing injury or cause a new one.
- In case you are a person suffering from high blood pressure or if you have recently suffered a neck injury it is better to not practice this asana. If you are pregnant then the halasana is certainly not for you. Moreover, the first two days of the menstrual cycle is when ladies might want to avoid this asana.
- People with spinal injuries and disorders should also not practice the halasana. In case you are suffering from diarrhoea you might want to wait until you are free from it before you practice this asana.
- If you are a person who had any sort of injuries to do with the neck or spinal cord it is better to seek a doctor’s advice before trying halasana.
- Always remember that it is wise to consult or take help from a yoga instructor before you practice any asana for that matter.
- You would be able to get all the benefits that are associated with halasana only when you are able to practice it in the most appropriate manner.
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