International Yoga Day Quiz: Method, Benefits And Precautions While Doing Halasana (Plough Pose)

In the beginning, don't try to use excessive force while doing Halasana. By this, you will be able to take advantage of all the benefits of Halasana.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Jun 10, 2020 18:11 IST
International Yoga Day Quiz: Method, Benefits And Precautions While Doing Halasana (Plough Pose)

International Yoga Day 2020: When there was nothing on earth, the man started his life by hunting. But later when man started living in tribes (and there was a shortage of food according to the number), then the man started farming, and the agricultural implements were also invented to make farming easier.  The great yogis of India later took inspiration from the plough and created a posture called Halasana. Just as a plough can make a hard land soft, likewise halasan can prove to be quite useful in increasing flexibility in the body, especially at the time when you are experiencing spinal pain due to desk job. Through this article, we will provide you with information on halasana, how to do halasana, precautions while practising halasana, advantages of halasana and science behind halasana.

  • What Is Halasana? Halasana is also called the Plough Pose. Like other yogasanas, Halasana got its name from a tool used in farming. This land plough has been used extensively in India and Tibet. There are many sleeping powers in your body (which the body is never able to use), and with the practice of Halasana, the body regains the strength to activate many such powers back.
  • Know some essential things before Halasan: It is better to practice Halasana on an empty stomach in the morning. If you are unable to do it in the morning, then practise halasana in the evening. But defecate before practising asana.


  • Level: Normal
  • Style: Hatha Yoga
  • Duration: 30 to 60 seconds
  • No Repetition 
  • Stretch: On shoulders, ribs
  • Strengthen: Spinal cord, neck

How To Do The Halasana?


  • On the yoga mat lie on your back
  • Keep your hands close to the body (palms on the ground).
  • Breath inward and lift your legs upwards.
  • The legs will make a ninety-degree angle from the waist (the pressure will be on abdominal muscles).
  • While raising the legs, support the waist with your hands
  • Move the legs behind the head (legs will touch the ground with the toe) and tilt the straight legs towards the head
  • Remove your hands from the waist and keep them straight on the ground.
  • Your waist should be parallel to the ground. Remain in this position for one minute. Focus on the breathing while exhaling and bring your legs back to the ground.
  • Do not hurry and bring the legs back to normal with a uniform speed.


Precautions while performing Halasana

  • Do not practice halasana if you have diarrhoea or neck injury.
  • Don't do this asana if you are asthma or high BP patient.
  • Start practising Halasana under the supervision of a yoga trainer.
  • Your upper part of the shoulders should touch the ground so that the back can get more support.

The Benefits Of The Plough Pose

  • Halasan massages the organs of the digestive system and helps improve digestion.
  • Increases metabolism and helps in weight loss.
  • It is the best posture for diabetes patients as it controls the sugar level.
  • It increases flexibility in the spine and gives relief in back pain.
  • It also helps in dealing with fatigue and stress.
  • The practice of this asana brings peace to mind.
  • This asana provides a good stretch to the spine and shoulders.
  • It also helps eliminate problems related to the thyroid gland.
  • It also benefits in back pain, impotence, sinusitis, insomnia and headache.

The Science Behind the Halasana


  • Halasan increases blood circulation in the body and increases flexibility around the abdomen. The pain in the throat and neck starts to decrease with its regular practice.
  • If you have a problem of mucus or phlegm in the respiratory tract, then the practice of Halasana clears the respiratory system. With constant practice, the speed of breath also starts to stabilize.
  • Halasana heals and gives peace to the entire vascular system of the body. It helps in controlling the excretion of hormones from the glands such as thyroxine and adrenalin.
  • Halasana helps to remove toxins from our ureters and digestive system. If you have a high blood pressure problem, then this asana also helps you to get rid of hypertension.

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