Halasana

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Halasana (hah-LAH-sah-nah[1][needs IPA]; Sanskrit: हलासन; IAST: Halāsana) or Plow Pose[2] is an asana.

Etymology[edit]

The name comes from the Sanskrit words hala (हला) meaning "plow" and asana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat".[3]

Description[edit]

Halasana

The practitioner lies on the floor, lifts the legs, and then places them behind the head. Experienced practitioners may enter Halasana from a standing position by tucking chin to chest, placing hands on the floor, walking the feet towards the hands and bending at the elbows to lower shoulders to the floor.

Cautions[edit]

This asana can put significant strain on the cervical spine, which does not normally undergo this type of stress, and can cause injury if not performed properly.[4][5][6]

Practicing this pose without leg support can lead to injury. To provide support for the legs, practitioners may use props such as blocks. As alternatives, simply lying on the back and raising the legs into a hamstring stretch, or doing a seated forward bend may be appropriate.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Budilovsky, Joan; Adamson, Eve (2000). The complete idiot's guide to yoga (2 ed.). Penguin. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-02-863970-3. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Yoga Journal - Plow Pose". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  3. ^ Sivananda (Swami.) (June 1985). Health and hatha yoga. Divine Life Society. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-949027-03-0. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Active Interest Media, Inc. (February 1983). Yoga Journal. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 7. ISSN 01910965. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Robin, Mel (May 2002). A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana. Wheatmark, Inc. p. 516. ISBN 978-1-58736-033-6. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Robin, Mel (2009). A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers: The Incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Anatomy Into the Practice. Wheatmark, Inc. p. 835. ISBN 978-1-58736-708-3. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 

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