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Pose Name: Plow Pose and Fish pose

Indian Name: Halasana & Matsyasana

HALASANA:• Strengthens and opens up the neck, shoulders, abs and back muscles •Calms the nervous system, reduces stress and fatigue •Tones the legs and improves leg flexibility. •Stimulates the thyroid gland and strengthens the immune system •Helps women during menopause MATSYASANA:• Stretches the chest and neck • Helps relieve tension in the neck and shoulders • Provides relief from respiratory disorders by encouraging deep breathing • Tones the parathyroid, pituitary and pineal glands

HALASANA:• Avoid practicing Plow Pose (Halasana) if you have injured your neck or are suffering from diarrhea and high blood pressure • Ladies should avoid practicing Plow Pose (Halasana) during pregnancy and during the first two days of their menstrual cycle • Consult a doctor before practicing Plow Pose (Halasana) if you have suffered from chronic diseases or spinal disorders in the recent past MATSYASANA: • Avoid this posture if you have high or low blood pressure •Migraine and insomnia patients should also refrain from doing the Fish Pose •Those who have had serious lower-back or neck injuries are strongly recommended not to practice this pose