The Plow Pose is practiced after Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand Pose ) and is a great pose to stretch the neck, shoulders and the lower back muscles.
Move into this asana without stress and make sure you do not move your head while in this pose to aviod any neck problems.
In the beginning you can start to hold this pose with a few repetitions of ten seconds at a time. As your body gets more flexible the asana can be held for 30 seconds and sometimes up to 3 minutes.
1. Tone and strength the back muscles and gives a complete stretch to the spine which increases its elasticity and overall functioning.
2. Improves the working of the spinal nerves.
3. Improves the function of the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary glands and this results in the improved functioning of all the systems of the body.
4. Stretches the shoulders.
6. Activates digestion and improves the efficiency of all the abdominal organs such as the spleen, pancreas, liver and kidneys.
7. Helps with constipation and the breathing movements of the diaphragm help to massage the abdominal organs.
8. Calms the mind and reduces stress.
Benefits for Women:
The pose compress the pelvic area improving the circulation and tone to the reproductive organs and increasing their efficiency. Gives strength to the lower back and sacral area which can prevent lower back pain during menstruation.
Therapeutic benefits: Asthma, Cough and cold, Constipation & Menstrual disorders
1. Avoid this pose if you have high blood pressure.
2. Do not practice during menstruation.
3. Should be avoided if suffering from an enlarged thyroid.
4. Aviod in cases of slipped disc or neck problems or headache.
Variations and tips!
When the toes do not touch the ground you can support the feet against the wall or against a bench/chair. This is helpful to maintain the back straight while you work with the flexibility of your body.
Preparatory pose: Sarvangasana
Follow up pose: Matsyasana