How To Do The Ardha Halasana And What Are Its Benefits?

Ardha Halasana

Ardha literally means half and Hala means plough.

How to do Ardha Halasana? The technique of Ardha Halasana

  1. Start with your legs and hands straight on the floor.
  2. Now keep your hands below your hips and raise your both leg in a 90-degree angle. Slowly move it down towards the ground.
  3. make sure that your feet also don’t touch the ground.
  4. Hold the position as per your comfort.

Benefits

  1. Tightens the core muscles: Ardha Halasana is recommended for those who want great looking abs. The tightening of the core muscles during the practice of this pose. It also helps to improve the muscles gaining in strength too.
  2. excess calories are burnt: The position of the legs at 90 degrees. It plays a great role in strengthening the entire abdominal area. And this helps in toning and also eliminating the excess fat around the hips, lower abdomen, and thighs.
  3. Overall improvement of blood circulation: As this pose is considered as a good exercise for achieving physical fitness, it also helps to improve the circulation of blood in the entire body. Blood flowing down from the toes to the hips, ensure fresh blood to the entire abdominal area too.
  4. Muscles around the abdomen and the hips get flexible: Ardha Halasana makes the muscles around the entire abdominal area flexible. The core strength helps to maintain strong muscles and also this creates the flexibility of these muscles which plays a great role in the practice of Halasana. The muscles around the hips and the thighs too become completely flexible.
  5. Improves the functioning of the organs within the abdominal area: The pressure at the abdomen while at the pose, and the fresh blood being circulated towards the abdominal area, helps in the proper functioning of the abdominal organs and mainly the digestive system, which is the biggest function of the human body.
  6. Great pose for women of all ages: Ardha Halasana, works on the lower abdomen to giving importance to the functioning of the reproductive system in women. The tightening of the lower abdomen helps to tighten the pelvic muscles to giving great support to the uterus. This removes any kind of PMS related issues and also during the menopause stages.
  7. Relief with Varicose veins: The swelling and pain due to expansion of the varicose veins reduce with repeated practice of this pose.
  8. Relieves lower back pain: With the pressure at the core, the spine gets maximum attention too here. The tightening of the lower abdomen helps the lower part of the spine to contract, reducing the irritation and also stiffness at the lower back.
  9. Encourages body awareness: No doubt all yoga poses require you to have awareness of the body and in Ardha Halasana, it is more. Here the minute you take your mind away from the body, the legs begin to slowly drop down and one loses the right posture immediately. The legs begin to shiver and the knees may also bend, and hence this pose encourages body awareness to a greater extent

Repetitions for doing

(7 – 15 times on a daily basis)

Precautions:

  1. Do not practice any Asana OR Pranayama in which you don’t feel comfortable.
  2. Do not overdo the exercises if you feel pain in your body.
  3. Start exercises mildly and then increase the repetitions as per your capacity.
  4. People suffering from Back pain, Slip disc OR chronic disease should only practice Yoga and also other exercises under expert supervision otherwise do not do it.
  5. Pregnant women should only practice Yoga and other exercises only under the supervision of an expert otherwise do not practice any exercise by watching videos or website material.
  6. People with Slip disc should avoid all forward bending exercises while sitting OR Standing.

    Therapeutic application

    • Indigestion
    • Constipation
    • Obesity
    • Urinary disorders

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