What is plow pose in yoga?
Plow pose, also known as Halasana, is an inverted pose which helps you get relaxed and is usually done before Savasana, or corpse pose. You will be on your shoulders with your feet over your torso and your feet nearly touching the ground, if possible. This pose can be altered for any variety of reasons; from pregnancy to high blood pressure, plow pose can help anyone and everyone in some way whether that be through variations or by doing the pose in full.
What is the history of the plow pose?
Plow pose supposedly started with King Janaka and his wife. The king was known for always being helpful to his people and wanted to see the best in everyone. One day they were helping with crops and doing the work of the people when the king stumbled upon something in the grass, which was a small baby girl. She smiled at him, and he named her “Sita,” as she came from a furrow in the ground. She is said to be a descendant of Mother Earth and created this yoga pose to honor her Mother and this pose is still in practice today, hundreds of years later.
How do you get into plow pose?
First start lying down in corpse pose and make sure you are on a thick, comfortable yoga mat. Then lift your legs up in the air and use your hands to support your lower body. Bring your feet over your head and get as close to the ground as possible, while keeping your legs as straight as you can. If your feet reach the ground behind your head, this is the advanced position and the hardest way to do it, also helping with muscle strains and flexibility as well as mental health. If you are able, let your hands go from your lower back and put your hands face down the ground, deepening the shoulder stretch and allowing your hands to hold some of the pressure. Your entire back should be off the ground, except for your hands which are keeping you balanced. Try and keep your legs as straight as possible, all while bringing them closer and closer to where your toes are touching the ground behind your head.
How do you get out of plow pose?
Let your hands rest on the yoga mat you are on. Slowly bring your hips back down to the ground and let your legs carefully lie flat on the mat. This will prepare you for corpse pose, or Savasana. At this moment you should feel free to stretch your shoulders and get comfortable for your final yoga pose, corpose pose. This will be your final resting pose for a few minutes as your yoga practice is ending, and it will allow the blood to flow better and your body to become more relaxed. It can help with anxiety an allow you to focus on your body rather than what your body can or cannot do.
Am I eligible to do plow pose?
There are a few situations where plow pose could not benefit you. If you are pregnant and just starting to learn this pose, try and wait until you have already given birth and are recovered before trying to learn this yoga stance. If you are already familiar with it and practice it regularly and become pregnant, it should not be a problem for you as long as you are careful with this pose. If you have high blood pressure, the amount of blood rushing to your head could cause serious illness and should be avoided at all costs. If you are menstruating, this also may not be a good pose for you to do as it can cause a high level of uncomfortability for the yogi. A way to do this pose if you are an at-risk person is to only use your hands to lift your hips up off of the ground in a bridge pose with your hands as support. This can also be beneficial for anyone at risk.
What are some alternate yoga poses?
As mentioned before, bridge pose is good for those who may have a difficult time with learning Savasana, or plow pose. This pose takes off a lot of pressure from your body and if you are not able to do this pose, bridge pose will give you a good hip and lower back stretch, which could help you build up to learning plow pose if you are unable to do it now. If you want to keep working on this pose, use a yoga block and a small blanket, and set the blanket under your shoulders. put the yoga block either under your hips or above your head where your feet will rest. This gives you a great way to practice the stretch without exceeding what your body is capable of doing. By using the block, you are taking off a lot of the physical stress your body is being put through by doing Savasana, as well as if you are using a small blanket to help with any strain your shoulders may be under, as well.
Your yoga journey is just that: a journey. Whether you can or cannot do this pose, you have the ability to build yourself up to being able to complete it in full. These steps mentioned above will help you do this pose flawlessly, even if it is not flawless the first time around. Yoga is a practice and it takes practice to be able to do all of the fun and interesting poses which help with relaxation, blood flow, and mental health. You will be able to do these poses if you follow these few short steps and will be an official yogi. The sense of accomplishment glows once the class is ended, and it always makes you want come back for more! So go practice these poses and be the best yogi you can be!