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Plow Pose (Halasana)

Plow Pose (Halasana): A Brief Guide For Beginners

Is your spine stiff? Are you experiencing tight neck and shoulder muscles? If so, you should stretch and move your body more often. However, with tight muscles and joints, it would be hard for you to move that easily. In that case, you should practice the Plow pose regularly.

Plow pose is one of the best yoga asanas for overall body mobility and flexibility. So, we have researched a few aspects of the Plow pose. As a beginner, you must go through them to become aware of what you should know, how to practice, and what else can you practice with a similar stance. Read on.

Plow Pose (Halasana): Fundamentals

Also known as Halasana, the Plow pose is an inversion yoga pose. Practicing the Plow pose targets your upper body along with stretching out your hamstrings as well.

The best thing about Plow pose is that your head is in an upside-down position. This gives you a new perspective on life. Over time, it stretches your neck, shoulder, lower and upper back, and pelvis floor muscles.

Let us have a look at some of the easiest steps you should follow to have the easiest approach to practice Plow pose. Keep reading.

Steps to Do Plow Pose

  1. Place a yoga mat over the ground and lie on it.
  2. Make sure you lie on your back with both legs fully extended on the yoga mat.
  3. Gently lift your legs over your waistline and keep them extended in the air.
  4. Slowly lower your legs over your head. This will raise your waistline.
  5. Support your waist with your hands on the ground.
  6. Moreover, you should place your elbows on the ground to ensure your waist is fixed.
  7. To prepare your body for further intensity, you should place your knees on top of your head.
  8. Place your toes on the ground above your head.
  9. However, make sure your chin is well-rested on your chest.
  10. Furthermore, while practicing the Plow pose, you should keep your legs straight.

These are some of the easiest steps you can follow for a perfect and easy approach to Plow pose practice. However, not every person has a similar level of strength and flexibility. In that case, you should practice other variations of the Plow pose.

Variations of Plow Pose

For that, you should check the following points. They are much easier than the regular practice of the Plow pose.

Yoga Block Under Your Waist

You should start normally like the usual variation of the Plow pose.
However, before lifting your legs, you should place a yoga block under your waist.
If not a yoga block, you should place yoga blankets to increase the resting level of your waistline.
Placing a yoga block or blankets under your waist helps you stay strong while practicing the Plow pose.

Yoga Block Under Your Feet

In this variation of the Plow pose, you should place a yoga block over your head.
However, make sure the block is placed where your feet will land after raising them over your head.
Furthermore, you can also put a yoga block under your waist at the same time.
Placing your feet over a yoga block lessens the distance that your feet need to travel.
Hence, it reduces the tension and intensity a little which helps you become better at practicing the Plow pose over time.

Benefits of Practicing Plow Pose

Flexible Neck Muscles

One of the best things about practicing the Plow pose is that it targets the neck muscles. This releases the tension stored in your neck muscles. Moreover, it heals cervical and other neck issues.

Mobile Spine

Plow pose targets the upper and lower back muscles. In short, with regular practice of the Plow pose, you gain better spinal mobility. That affects your overall health.

Better Blood Flow

The position of your head while practicing the Plow pose is lower than your heart. That enhances the flow of blood to the vital organs.

Also Read: Plank Pose

Wrap Up

As you can see, Plow pose has so much to offer which makes it a regular part of their yoga sessions. Just make sure you do not push it from day one itself. Rather, learn the proper technique is so that you can master it and get the most out of your yoga practice.

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