Traditional Insights into Yoga
Traditional Insights into Yoga Mally Paquette
The posture Halasana resembles the plow in Tibetan and Indian cultures. In the classic epic The Ramayana, King Janaka is plowing the earth in a sacred place and discovers a beautiful baby girl. He adopts her and names her Sita, and she later becomes the wife/consort of Rama. The story and pose relate to the plow as a tool for revealing hidden treasures.
As you roll into this sacred inversion, hidden gifts are found through the energetics of the posture and open the third eye. Halasana nourishes the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine. The pose releases tension in the neck as well as fatigue and stress from the body. Headaches diminish as the shoulders stretch, opening channels for constricted energy. This calming pose has a restorative effect on the nervous system. It also positively affects the digestive and urinary tracts. Elimination of toxins and hormonal balance are key benefits.