The Plough Pose

There are numerous therapeutic benefits from practicing this pose that if you they are practiced on a regular basis barring menstrual time, the changes will feel vigorous, young and energetic.

This is again a very effective pose for disorder of the ovaries and uterus and menstrual problem. This pose also develops healthy thyroid and parathyroid and keeps sex glands healthy. This is also extremely beneficial for the spinal column and prevents formation of fat on the stomach, hips and waist.

A lot of people complain about stiffness of the neck and lower back as a result of stress and wrong posture. In the Plough Pose, you stretch the neck and the lower back muscles. At the same time, you achieve a new structure in your back.

As a result of the way, you place the neck and the legs you get hardly any chance to compensate stiffness in the neck or lower back: something that easily happens in other positions. The Plough is also good for your digestion, and it strengthens the kidneys, the liver and the gall bladder.

The Plow Pose (Halasana) is an inversion that can rejuvenate the entire nervous system. This posture can also contract and tone the abdominal organs, giving you the strong yogi core. It also relaxes the neck and shoulders by releasing all the stress and tension you have encountered prior you practice. Plow Pose (Halasana) must be mastered first before attempting any variations of the shoulder stand.

English Name: Plow Pose

Sanskrit Name: Halasana

Plow Pose (Halasana) Step-by-Step



  • Lie down on your back on your yoga mat or any cushioned surface. You can place a pile of blankets on top of the floor or the mat for added comfort. Place the blankets under the following points: back, shoulders and elbows. Keep these parts elevated, and the rest should be touching the ground.
  • Bring the shoulders away from the ears slowly.
  • Draw the chin inwards, bringing it towards your chest to lengthen the back of the neck.

Do the Pose

  • Bend the knees in toward the chest. Press the palms of your hands firmly on the floor as you extend your feet over the head. Keep the legs straight. If you cannot reach the floor just yet, bring the palms to your lower back.
  • Rest the toes on the floor behind the head, toes tucked under.
  • Hold this pose for 5-10 breaths.


  • To come down, lower your buttocks to the floor, and then use your abdominals to help you lower your legs slowly. Keep the back of your head on the floor while doing this.
  • Practice some counter poses to release the neck.

Tips for Beginners

  • Take care not to overdo it, this pose is a very strong forward bend that places a lot of weight on you shoulders and neck.
  • Beginners should use at least three blankets stacked together to elevate the back, shoulders and elbows
  • Keep the head in line with the rest of the vertebral column.


  • Stretches and strengthens the shoulders and spine
  • Calms and rejuvenates the entire nervous system (especially the brain)
  • Improves digestion and massages the internal organs
  • Flushes mucous from lungs
  • Relieves the signs of menopause
  • Precautions
  • Do not practice if you have the following:
  • Neck Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Diarrhea
  • Eye or Ear Infections
  • Asthma
  • Consult with the doctor first if it’s safe to do the plow pose.  If given consent, seek the help of a registered and experienced yoga teacher to help you do the posture correctly.
  • This pose is not recommended for pregnant women. Consult an experienced Prenatal Yoga teacher if you want to do yoga while pregnant.


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