1. Bend from the hip joints to lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. Keep the torso perpendicular to the floor and legs fully extended.
2. Lift your tailbone toward the ceiling, but keep the pelvis tucked down.
3. Press your hands against the back torso, pushing the back up toward the ceiling as you press the backs of the upper arms down. Clasp the hands and press the arms down on the support as you lift the thighs toward the ceiling.
Get out if it: Bring your hands onto your back and roll out of the pose on an exhale.
Benefits: Halasana stretches the shoulders and spine, reduces fatigue and stress and is therapeutic for backaches, headaches, infertility and insomnia.
— Pose courtesy of Stephanie Knutsson, Bodyism Yoga instructor