Yoga is an ancient art that promotes both physical and mental wellbeing. There are specific yoga poses that aim at reducing weight, increasing height, improving blood lipid profile, promoting gastrointestinal health, normalizing blood pressure levels, promoting cardiovascular health, improving physical strength and endurance, relieving stress and anxiety, and improving mental clarity and level of concentration. Yoga also brings out a harmony in your hectic, unbalanced lifestyle, thus making you a much better and organized person.
Plow pose, also known as Halasana, is a popular fat-burning pose in yoga that increases your metabolism by stimulating the secretion of endorphins (a neurochemical in the brain that helps balance your metabolic system). Plow pose helps strengthen your kidneys, gall bladder and liver, and increases circulation to your thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Furthermore, it helps maintain the health of your digestive system and reduces the stiffness in your neck and lower back muscles.
In order to execute Plow pose, position the back on a yoga mat with your arms fully extended behind your head. Bring your both legs straight up in the air towards the ceiling. Next step is to lift your back and move your legs beyond your head. Bring your arms alongside your body with palms down and straighten your spine and back. If your legs don’t touch the floor behind you, you should place your hands against upper back for support. Be sure to place your hands as near as possible to the shoulder blades. Once your feet have hit the ground, clasp your hands together and roll your shoulder blades towards one another. Slowly roll off your back downwards and bring your legs back to their starting position.
Make sure that your shoulders lie on the edge of the mat and your head rests on the mat throughout the movement. If you feel a stretch in your torso, try to relax the shoulders, the back, and the neck muscles through breathing. Breathing helps bring more oxygen into your blood stream, thus improving the function of your lungs, relaxing your muscles and improving the efficiency of your system. Remember that breathing, known as pranayama in yoga, goes hand in hand with the various poses (asanas). Moreover, there should be no bend in your back and you should stretch your pelvis upward from the sacrum.
Sparing only a few minutes a day to practice this pose can bring you enormous benefits in terms of fat loss from oblique, waistline, and buttocks, improved physical function and athletic performance, and improved strength and interplay of the muscles. With yoga Plow pose, neck and back muscles learn to make greater use of the fibers, resulting in the firming up of the tissue in those areas.