Halasana - posture for an alert and clear mind

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Indications, effects and benefits of this process

Through persevering practice, Halasana offers us

  • clarity and mental aggrandizement
  • dynamization and mental strength,
  • much improved memory.

THE POSTURE OF THE PLOW is a powerful tonic, because it acts on the entire spine, which contains and protects the spinal cord, being doubled by the chain of sympathetic ganglia that influence the entire vegetative life.
This posture has especially deeply revitalizing and rejuvenating effects, which are largely related to the consonance with the energies coming from the earth.
Certain kinds of myalgia (muscular rheumatism), lumbago, neuralgia and dislocations are cured by the PLOW POSTURE. Through the practice of PLOW FASTING, the abdominal muscles, the muscles and the thigh muscles are also toned and nourished.

Yogis who practice PLOW POSTURE can relieve LAZINESS. 🙂

Execution technique

The posture runs from the lying position, face up.
Before starting the execution of this posture it is very important to gently pull the head to stretch our neck, then placing our neck as close as possible to the ground.

In the final phase of posture we aim to bring the chin as close as possible to the chest, because this improves the circulation of subtle energies and allows a better compression of the thyroid gland in the final phase.
We will also seek to support the spine on the ground, especially in the cervical region, in order to establish as intimate contact as possible with the supporting surface.

We arch and raise our feet, aiming to reach, then, with the tops of our feet in contact with the ground.
We can help our hands to support our backs until we reach the desired position, after which we will place our hands on the ground beside the body, with our palms located face down.
It is good not to give in to the temptation, through a sudden impulse, to bring the legs behind the head, especially in a situation where we have not achieved this before and we do not know our limits.
If the spine is rigid, the actual execution of this posture may be preceded by a dynamic phase, comprising slow, successive scrolls of the spine along its entire length. This phase will precede the period of immobilization, which is the posture itself.

The static phase, which must be reached without any violence, consists in immobilizing ourselves in the maximum position reached at the end of the dynamic phase, (with the legs stretched above the head, supported by the ground only on the tips of the toes), a position that we will maintain throughout the static execution period (3-7 min).

Concentration and awareness during execution

According to the course initiation

Concentration and awareness immediately after execution

According to the course initiation

Possible mistakes and remedies

In execution we will NOT bend the knees especially in the final phase.
We will not force at all and we will seek to work gradually, avoiding any fatigue. Any violence can have adverse effects on the muscles.
We will avoid contracting the shoulders, jaw and neck.
If breathing is insufficient, it can cause a state of suffocation.


People suffering from severe forms of hernia or strangulated hernia will not perform this posture.
It is also not indicated for people with severe hypertension. In these situations, a chair will be placed behind the head on which the legs will sit in the final phase.

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