The last pose which we discussed was the Bhujangasana or the Cobra Presembling a cobra rearing its hood and about to strike. Taking cue from it, today we will discuss a pose which is also similar in nature. The pose is Halasana or the Plough Pose.

“Hala” in Sanskrit literally means “Plough” . This pose is called ‘Halasana’ because in the final position, the body resembles the Indian plough which is used for farming.

Like the Cobra Pose, the Plough Pose is also practised on an empty stomach. However, Halasana should be stopped immediately if it causes pain continuously in the liver or spleen or exerts excessive pressure on the abdomen. Besides, people  suffering from hernia, high blood pressure or heart ailments must also avoid it. Women should strictly not practice it during menstruation and after the third month of pregnancy.

Halasana when practised in a systematic manner releases the tension in the back, neck and legs and helps to cure various kinds of rheumatism. It also alleviates pain in the shoulders and the waist. Disorders of the uterus and ovaries and menstrual ailments are also set right by the regular practice of the Plough Pose.

The most significant benefits of doing this pose is that Halasana develops healthy thyroid and parathyroid and also keeps the gonad glands healthy. This asana is highly beneficial for musicians as the region of the throat is given a good massage. The throat gets cleared up after the practice and the neck muscles become strong.

Here is how you attain the Plough position:



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