One of the very best things about a yoga practice is this…The cumulative effects of your yoga practice get sharpened the more you do your yoga practice. In other words, most exercise, or things you do to keep your body healthy often diminish with use. Let’s say you like to have a glass of wine with supper, and as you do this every day, the wine works less and less to calm or relax you. The same is true of most drugs on the market. You take a drug to make your back pain go away, and at first it works great. But then you notice over time, it becomes less and less effective. The doctor amps up your dosage, and you repeat that cycle over and over, until you want a better, more effective way to deal with the pain. This was also true of my exercise regime. At first weight dropped off easily, with diet control and 30 min. of exercise. I noticed overtime, that I had to put in more and more exercise time just to maintain what I had lost.
This is what I noticed the other day when I practiced halasana, or plow pose. In plow pose you are on your back, and swing your legs up and over your head. The benefits of plow pose are this…..
- Calms the brain
- Stimulates the abdominal organs and the thyroid gland
- Stretches the shoulders and spine
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Therapeutic for backache, headache, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis
From a yogic perspective, plow pose, or halasana, also means poison. This is because the yogi’s said it removes poison from your body with practice. So the other day when practicing this; I swung my legs over my head, and after a couple of seconds, my throat began to burn. After being in the pose for a couple of minutes, I came down, and noticed my throat burning ceased. What was this feeling I wondered? Halasana has a profound effect on your thyroid gland in your throat. This is something I’ve struggled with (family history) all of my life. The burning in my throat tells me this yoga asana is working as prescribed.
I teach people How yoga works. I know how it works. With practice, these benefits (listed above) will “awaken” in your body. Will that happen the first time you do yoga? I can’t say that, neither did the yogi’s of yesterday. I can only say, that repeated practice of yoga works. It works doing some everyday, over a long period of time.
See you on the mat,