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No.11 - 2010-11-28
Virabhadrasana - Pose of the Warrior
No.10 - 2006-11-14
Yoga Mudra - Seal of Intent
No.9 - 2006-11-14
Matsyasana - The Fish
No.8 - 2006-11-14
Halasana - The Plough and Sarvangasana - Shoulderstand
No.7 - 2006-11-14
Bhujangasana - The Cobra
No.6 - 2006-11-14
Dhanurasana - The Bow
No.5 - 2006-11-14
Salabhasana - Locust
No.4 - 2006-11-14
Uddiyana Bandha - Stomach Lift
No.3 - 2006-11-14
Chakrasana - The Bridge
No.2 - 2006-11-14
Paschimotanasana - Forward Stretch
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2006-11-14 - Halasana - The Plough and Sarvangasana - Shoulderstand
Hala means plough.
1. Lie on your back, legs stretched out and together, hands beside the body, palms down.
2. Inhale. Exhaling, raise the legs perpendicular to the floor. Inhale again. Exhaling lower the legs over your head, resting the toes on the floor.
3. Place your hands in the middle of your back and hold the position.
Sarvangasana - Shoulderstand
4. Gently tilt the trunk of the body back towards the floor a little and, inhaling, raise both legs straight up.
The back of the head, neck and shoulders and the upper arms should rest on the floor. Hands in the middle of the back.
6. Exhaling, lower the legs down over the head into Halasana.
7. Inhaling, slowly take the back to the floor and then the legs. Give in and relax.
The benefits of Halasana are the same as those of Sarvangasana, with added benefits to the abdominal organs due to the contraction. The spine receives extra blood and this relieves back-ache. It aids stiff shoulders, elbows, lumbago and arthritis of the back.
Sarvangasana tones and stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands which are situated in the neck region. The inverted position allows the venous blood to flow to the heart without strain. Healthy blood circulates around the neck and chest - this relieves breathlessness, asthma, bronchitis, throat ailments and palpitations; nerves are soothed, headaches eased. Hypertension, irritability, temper, nervous breakdown and insomnia are relieved and constipation vanishes.