Halasana or plow pose is a great asana for stretching the back and the spine. It improves flexibility in the spine and also releases any physical or nervous tension. It also stretches the legs, particularly the back of the thighs and the calves. It has a nice, calming effect on the mind and on an energetic level it activates vishudi, the throat chakra.
*To release from this pose, place your hands onto the lower back once again, inhale and bring your legs up and then exhale and gently drop the legs down extended onto the mat.
Karnapidasana - Ear pressure pose
From halasana, bend your knees and bring them towards the ground, keeping the on either side of your ears. Breathe deeply as you feel the stretch of the cervical spine. You can wrap your hands around your legs or have them resting on the mat, parallel to one another, bringing your shoulder blades together.
Stretches the legs, groins, hips and back
Improves flexibility in the spine
Stimulates the digestive organs
Stretches the whole spine
Improves flexibility of the spine
Releases symptoms of stress and anxiety
Calms the mind
Activates vishudi, the throat chakra
Contraindications: (consult this pose with your general medical practitioner if you have the following)
Low or high blood pressure
Back injury/spine injury