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Yoga tips: Practice halasana to tone your legs

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Halasana or the plow pose, as the name suggests derives its name from the farming tool, hal or plow. The practitioner lies on the floor, lifts the legs, and then places them behind the head.
 
How to: 
 
- Lie on your back, arms besides you and palm facing the floor.
 
- Exhale and while inhaling slowly raise the legs to a 90 degree angle from the floor.  
 
- Continue to breathe normally and supporting your hips and back with your hands, lift them off the ground.
 
- Exhaling raise the waist and hips, taking the legs over the head, keeping them suspended above the ground. 
 
- Make sure you do not strain your neck or push it into the ground.
 
- Hold this pose and let your body relax more and more with each steady breath.
 
After about a minute (a few seconds for beginners) of resting in this pose, you may gently bring your legs down on exhalation.
 
Benefits:
 
- Helps strengthen your neck, shoulders, abs and back muscles
 
- Tones legs. 
 
- Helps women during menopause
 
- It stimulates thyroid gland, strengthens the immune system
 
- Helps women during menopause
 
- Works wonders for patients suffering from backache, headache, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis.
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