Plough Pose (Halasana) helps release tension in the back, shoulder, arm and neck muscles, whilst toning them. It enhances overall flexibility and gives a nice massage to the internal organs, and helps with constipation. This pose also strengthens thyroid function and boosts the immune system.
Plough Pose – How To
1 Lay on your back with your feet together and hands by your sides, palms down.
2 Raise your legs off the floor and point them up, supporting the back with your hands.
3 Bending at the waist, bring your feet over your head, keeping your legs straight. Do not force your toes to touch the floor; as lexibility increases they will do so, just allow gravity to bring them down.
4 You may continue to support your back, or bring your hands to the floor, palms down.
5 Breathe comfortably and easily.
6 To release from this pose, bring the legs back to an upwardsposition and using the support of the stomach muscles slowly roll back down vertebra by vertebra.
Do not do this pose is you suffer from hernia, slipped disc, high blood pressure, back or neck problems.