Today's Pose: Halasana - Plough Pose

The serenity and power of nature always amaze me. Yoga, in my opinion, helps to open the mind and body so one can move with grace - be more in tune with nature. Today, let's honor our body with plough pose; halasana.

In Sanskrit, hala means "plough." From a lying position , the feet are brought over the head toward the ground, resembling a plough.

The benefits of this pose are similar to shoulder stand in that it calms the brain and provides extra supply of blood to the spine while stretching it, and therefore is therapeutic for back pain. This pose can also help relieve the symptoms of menopause, stretches the shoulders and stimulates the abdominal organs and the thyroid gland. Plough is also fantastic for relieving stress and fatigue. While in this pose think about pushing out anything that no longer serves a purpose in your life, just as a plough pushes snow or dirt from the pathway.

Mary Jane Kasliner


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