Halasana – The plough pose




In this asana the body assumes the shape of a plough or “hal”. Therefore, it is called halasana. Matsyasan should be done following this asana. It gives a complete stretch to the spine which increases its elasticity and overall functioning.


Physical Benefits

  • This asana strengthens all the vessels and organs of the body.
  • It also strengthens the muscles of stomach and back.
  • It removes constipation.
  • It cures all the ailments of liver and spleen.
  • It removes skin diseases, obesity and ailments of the womb.
  • It improves circulation of blood and lymph, stimulates the thyroid and immune system.
  • It releases stress and tension in the shoulders and back.



  • In the beginning this asana should be done only to the extent it can be done easily.
  • Lie down on the back. Both hands should be on the sides.
  • Now raise the legs up to 30, 90 and 120 degree, pausing in those positions for a few seconds.
  • Take the legs further back till the toes touch the ground.
  • Then take the legs still further.
  • Then the portion of waist would be just above the head.
  • In the final stage both hands would be above the head and the fingers would be uniting or both arms would be stretched on the ground, and the chin would be touching the throat.
  • Now resume the original position gradually in the same sequence as it was done.



  • This asana should not be done if the liver or spleen is enlarged.
  • It should be avoided if suffering from an enlarged thyroid, spleen or liver as well as cervical spondylitis, slipped disc, headache and weak blood vessels in the eyes.
  • It should be avoided during pregnancy and menstruation, high blood pressure and brain diseases. 
  • It should be avoided in case of recent or chronic shoulder, neck or back injury or inflammation.






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