yogaglo logo

Preview of Jason Crandell, Hatha playing below. Sign in to view full class and in HD!

Level 2
30 min

Halasana Prep

Hatha | By Jason Crandell on Aug 24 2012
Halasana is a soothing, quieting, nurturing pose that can induce rest and relaxation. Sadly, it can also be very uncomfortable for the neck when practitioners are not adequately supported or have a tight back-body. This practice will prepare you for halasana and show you 3 different versions of the pose. Of course, it might not be wise to do halasana while watching your laptop or ipad! So, consider watching the halasana versions before actually trying them, then practice along with the verbal cues. (You will need a chair, 2 blocks, wall, strap, and 2 blankets)

Description

Halasana is a soothing, quieting, nurturing pose that can induce rest and relaxation. Sadly, it can also be very uncomfortable for the neck when practitioners are not adequately supported or have a tight back-body. This practice will prepare you for halasana and show you 3 different versions of the pose. Of course, it might not be wise to do halasana while watching your laptop or ipad! So, consider watching the halasana versions before actually trying them, then practice along with the verbal cues. (You will need a chair, 2 blocks, wall, strap, and 2 blankets)

Comments

  • TrishRandy Toll     Aug 7th, 2014
    well you lost me in the first five minutes. Once you rolled up the mat and placed at the top of your thighs. Then you say bend forward into childs pose,I was lucky to bend forward 6"and then couldn't breathe anymore. I guess you can't have a belly to do this pose. I would be nice to see some tutorials done with students that aren't already fully able to do the pose to see what modifications you can make. I'm sure this is a great tutorial but its sure isn't for anyone that doesn't have a flat stomach..I have been practicing yoga for almost ten years and this is one pose that I will probably never be able to get into. Some body shapes are meant to do other things.
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 8th, 2014
      TrishRandy - Thanks for giving this tutorial a try--and, really, I'm sorry it wasn't helpful. Yoga, of course, is incredibly inclusive. And, at the same time, some bodies don't fit certain shapes. In fact, the vast majority of students have postures and posture categories that are relatively inaccessible and need significant modifications. I can't tell you the number of postures that my body doesn't fit into. You may be able to get similar benefits to halasana if you first do a standing forward bend and then do legs up the wall.
  • Lainie Devina     Sep 19th, 2012
    all too often halasana is used as a transition to sarvangasana... really nice to have it be the stand alone/peak. my upper back feels so spacious! thank you Jason.
  • Zvonka Gazivoda     Aug 30th, 2012
    'Everything you want to know about Halasana, but...' :) Very informative and useful, as always with Your classes! Still, I have a question. I noticed some students just cant get out of this posture without lifting their head of the floor. If abs are fairly strong and they are not an obstacle, what to blame 'more', hamstrings or back muscle, in respect what to try to loosen up...
    Greetings from Belgrade, Zvonka _/\_
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 29th, 2012
    Jody - thanks so much. I couldn't agree more. Definitely a pose that requires attention for most people. thanks for your feedback.
  • Jody Ryan     Aug 28th, 2012
    Thanks Jason! Too often not enough care, time and attention is paid to these poses that can cause problems to the cervical spine. I appreciate your showing the prep poses and also the various use of props for this. And as you show, using the wall appears to be most helpful as it allows for various heights for placement of the feet. All useful information that I'll use, so much appreciated!
  • Jennifer Pittam     Aug 25th, 2012
    Very helpful indeed, thank you. I've ALWAYS found Matsyana uncomfortable! It's great to know it's not the only method of coming out of Halasana.