HALASANA – PLOUGH – This month, a series of variations –
Feet apart – Beginners In plough position, take legs apart, keeping arms and hands straight behind you and palms down flat on floor. Push heels to floor. Hold up to 1 minute. Come out of pose by raising legs and come out as usual. Arm wrap – Intermediate Start from feet apart (above) in plough position. Lower knees to ears and fold arms over knees. Take hands to ears. Hold up to 1 minute. Keep toes flat not curled. Relax feet. Come out as above. Hands to feet – Intermediate Start from plough position, bring arms up to ears and reach for toes. Hold up to 1 minute. Keep knees straight. Come out of pose. Knees behind head – Advanced In plough position, walk feet away from head, then bend knees and slowly lower knees to mat behind your head. Keep arms behind you. Keep hands flat on floor or clasp them. Hold up to 30 seconds. Raise legs till parallel to floor and come out pose. Knees to shoulder – Advanced In plough position support back firmly with hands. Walk legs to left side, keep shoulders and elbows on floor. Lower knees next to left ear. Relax feet. Hold up to 30 seconds. Walk feet back to Centre by straightening legs. Walk to right side head, lowering knees next to right ear. Relax feet. Hold up to 30 seconds. Walk feet back to middle and come out of pose.
Tip: In all the variations, remember to keep breathing slowly and rhythmically.
• A deep stretch to upper back.
• A deep massage of solar plexus during rhythmical breathing
• Extends and balances muscles in hips
The self-effort of today becomes the destiny of tomorrow. Self-effort and destiny are one and the same. – Swami Sivananda
It is the prana moving from the astral body to the physical body which makes this physical body alive. – Swami Vishnudevananda
01 – New Moon
08 – Ramanavami
Purushartha can give you anything. Change your habits. Change the mode of thinking. You can conquer destiny. You are now thinking: “I am the body.” Start the spiritual anti-current. You can conquer death and attain the immortal seat of supreme splendour.
Even for realization, the Lord’s grace is necessary. For obtaining the Lord’s grace, intense Purusha Prayatna, otherwise known as Purushartha, can be voiced forth throughout the famous “Yoga Vasishtha”.
By virtuous deeds and right thoughts you can disarm destiny. You have a free-will to act. By self-exertion, Ratnakar became Valmiki. By Purushartha/self-exertion Markandeya conquered death. By Purushartha/self-exertion alone did Uddalaka attain Nirvikalpa Samadhi (higher realization). By Purushartha/self-exertion, Savitri brought back her husband (Satyavan) to life.
Meditation leads to Samadhi – the super-conscious state. – Swami Sivananda