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If you are one of those people whose job requires them to sit for long hours this asana is for you. Known for its ability to improve posture, tone the muscles of your buttock and strengthen your shoulders and thighs, halasana or the plough pose is known for its innumerable benefits. It also stimulates the functioning of the thyroid glands, parathyroid glands, lungs and abdominal organs, therefore helping the blood rush to your head and face, improves digestion and keeps the hormonal levels in check. Read about other yoga asanas that can help improve your digestion.
Steps to do this pose:
Lie flat on the floor on your back with your feet flat on the floor. Place your arms by your side and bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor. Now, slowly raise your legs from the hips. Place your hands on your hips as you raise it and use them as support. Now slowly bend your legs at the hips and try to touch the floor behind your head with your toes and straighten your hands so they are flat on the floor. Breath out while going up. To return to the lying position gently roll your back onto the floor, breath in while you come down. Do not drop down suddenly.
Tip to keep in mind: If you suffer from liver or spleen disorders, hypertension, have diarrhoea, are menstruating or have suffered a neck injury, avoid doing this pose. Read about yoga poses to help relieve arthritic pain.
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