Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ardha Halasana - The Half-Plough Pose

"Ardha" means 'half' and "Hala" means 'plough' in Sanskrit. This pose is the first step to doing the full Halasana posture.


  1. Lie down on your yoga mat on your back with your legs stretched out.
  2. Bring the heels and toes of both legs close together.
  3. Relax your body.
  4. Stretch your arms on both sides with the palms facing the floor.
  5. Press the palms down.
  6. Now inhale and raise your right leg slowly until it is 90 degrees or then as high as possible.
  7. Keep your leg straight and make sure that it does not bend at the knee.
  8. Continue inhaling while holding your leg straight at the height you feel comfortable.
  9. Hold your breath for a few seconds.
  10. Begin to exhale and bring your leg down slowly back to the floor. Complete the exhalation.
  11. Repeat the same process with your left leg.
  12. Do three cycles of the above, alternating legs.
  13. When done, relax your body.
  14. Breathe in and press the palms on the floor.
  15. Continue inhaling and raise both legs off the ground.
  16. With straight legs joined together, raise them to 30 degrees from the ground. Hold for a few seconds.
  17. Then 60 degrees and finally till both the legs make an angle of 90 degrees with the floor. Take care that the knees are not bent.
  18. Complete inhalation.
  19. Fix your gaze on your toes.
  20. Hold your breath as long as you comfortably can.
  21. Now while exhaling bring down the legs slowly holding the position for a few seconds each at 30 and 60 degrees, again taking care the knees do not bend.
  22. Do the same three times with both legs in quick succession.


  • It is preferred that you practice this pose on an empty stomach.
  • Your back and head should keep touching the floor at all times.
  • When raising or lowering the legs, they should not shake.
  • Menstruating women as well as pregnant women should not practice Ardha Halasana.


  • You can practice this asana even on your bed before you get up in the morning. This will help cure constipation.
  • Ardha Halasana helps regulate bowel movements.
  • It helps build up elasticity of the abdominal region.
  • Practicing the asana several times a day brings relief to people with varicose veins.
  • The pose prevents hernia.
  • Women suffering from menstrual disorders should practice Ardha halasana.


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