How to Do Ear Pressure or Deaf Man’s Pose

Last year we explored Plow pose. The next evolution of that pose is Deaf Man’s pose or Ear Pressure pose. It’s an advanced pose, so be sure to listen to your body as you play with it.


Deaf Man’s pose calms the mind by activating the parasympathetic nervous system; it lets your body know you can rest and relax, that danger is far away. Rolling yourself up into this beautiful tight ball is soothing and somewhat reminiscent of the womb.

Because the pose temporarily inhibits your sense of hearing (a type of pratyahara), it removes another layer of external stimuli enabling you to easily turn inward. From a physical perspective, it massages internal organs, stimulates the digestive system and thyroid gland, opens the hips, tones the legs and stretches the shoulders.

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How to Do Plow Pose

A teacher of mine used to always say at the start of a back bending sequence, “bend so you don’t break.” I love this line and use it often now in my own classes. It couldn’t be more appropriate than it is right now for this week’s pose–Halasana, Plow Pose. Let’s check out the yummy benefits and give it a go!


An advanced pose that calms the mind, stimulates internal organs, activates the thyroid, stretches the shoulders and hamstrings, Halasana improves the flexibility of your spine. Bend so you don’t break.

It can help alleviate back pain, bring fresh blood to the brain to help with headaches, sinusitis, and insomnia. It’s a stress reliever and energizes the body. Teachers often sequence it at the end of a class, as it requires a supple body, open hamstrings, and a focused mind.

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10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Pregnant Yogis

When I was pregnant, I constantly felt crunched. It was as if my belly was growing bigger to accommodate this gorgeous new life, but somehow my spine was getting shorter!

To combat this feeling, I focused on elongating the side body to grow taller and create space for the baby. This is what pregnancy yoga or prenatal yoga is all about—creating space for the baby to grow, space for your body to expand, space for your mind to relax and space for you to connect with your baby.

It’s also important to build strength to support the additional weight and prep for delivery. Note: Remember to get the all clear from your doc or midwife before starting and listen to your body.

Here’s my suggested 10-minute prenatal yoga sequence.

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