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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)

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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

  • 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.