They say a happy body is a sign of a happy mind. I definitely take this very seriously and constantly nurture my body (and mind) with love, compassion and a regular dose of TLC.
For me, yoga is one of the best ways to get the happy hormones inside me alive and kicking. Yes, back bending contortions and twists is not everybody’s cup of tea but I find them to be deeply therapeutic and motivating.
Halasana (plough pose) is one of my favourite yoga poses.From Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) exhale and bend from the hips to slowly lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. As much as possible, keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs straight. Your Chin should be touching your chest whilst your torso should be straight. Top of your thighs and the tailbone should be facing the ceiling.
You can either support your lower back with your hands, or simply place it on the floor with the palms down or for a greater challenge extend your arms fully and clasp the hands.
Halasana is usually performed after Sarvangasana for 2 to 5 minutes. To exit from the pose bring your hands onto your back again and simply roll out of the pose with an exhalation.
This pose is known to calm the mind, stimulate the abdominal organs and the thyroid gland, stretch the shoulders and spine as well as reduce stress and fatigue.
(PS: Don’t try this without an expert, I have been practicing yoga for two years now).