Yoga: The Yoga of the Physical Body.
The Plough Pose.
Lie flat on the
back with the arms straight and beside the body, palms facing downwards.
Keeping the legs
straight, slowly raise them to the vertical position above the body.
Only use the
stomach muscles to raise the legs.
Do not use the
bend the trunk upward, hips first.
the legs over the head and touch the floor with the toes of both feet.
Keep the legs
straight, bend the arms and place the hands on the back as in sarvangasana.
Relax the body.
Remain in the
final pose for a comfortable period of time.
Then either return
to the starting position or perform the following additions to the
feet towards the head until the back is fully tensed.
legs straight and directly above the head.
feet with the fingers.
these poses for a comfortable length of time, then return to the
final pose of basic halasana.
Adepts can hold
the final pose of halasana and the two additional stages for more
that 10 minutes each.
hold each pose for 15 seconds during the first week of practice, doing
each in rotation up to 4 times and adding 15 seconds every week until
each pose is held for 1 minute.
vishuddhi or manipura chakra.
the abdomen, relaxation of the back muscles, respiration,
or the thyroid gland.
- Beginners should
not do poorwa halasana until their back muscles become flexible.
- Not for old and
infirm people, sufferers of sciatica and other back ailments, or high
Adjusts the functioning
of the abdominal organs, especially kidneys, liver, and pancreas.
relieves constipation and removes fat from the waist.
influences all the visceral organs.
activities of the thyroid, thereby balancing all the body's metabolic
Helps to remedy
diabetes, eliminate piles, loosen the vertebrae, and tone the