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Halasana Sanskrit: हलासन; IAST: Halāsana) or Plough Pose[1] is an inverted asana in hatha yoga.


The completed pose resembles a traditional plough.

The name comes from the Sanskrit words हला hala, "plough" and आसन asana, "posture" or "seat".[2]


The pose is entered from Sarvangasana (shoulderstand), lowering the back slightly for balance, and moving the arms and legs over the head until the outstretched toes touch the ground and the fingertips, in a preparatory variant of the pose. The arms may then be moved to support the back into a more vertical position, giving a second variant pose. Finally, the arms may be stretched out on the ground away from the feet, giving the final pose in the shape of a traditional plough.[3]


Plough pose 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]

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  1. ^ YJ Editors (28 August 2007). "plough Pose". Yoga Journal.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Sivananda, Swami (June 1985). Health and hatha yoga. Divine Life Society. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-949027-03-0.
  3. ^ Iyengar, B.K.S (1979). Light on Yoga. New York: Schocken. pp. 216–219. ISBN 0-8052-1031-8.
  4. ^ Yoga Journal. Active Interest Media. February 1983. p. 7. ISSN 0191-0965.
  5. ^ Robin, Mel (May 2002). A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana. Wheatmark. p. 516. ISBN 978-1-58736-033-6.
  6. ^ Robin, Mel (2009). A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers: The Incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Anatomy Into the Practice. Wheatmark. p. 835. ISBN 978-1-58736-708-3.

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