Plow pose opens the neck, shoulders and back. It provides a very strong opening for the throat and heart chakras, though in a different way than these areas are typically energized. Usually, the front of the body is opened for these chakras; but in plow pose, the throat and heart are protected in the front and opened in the back.
Additionally, this pose compresses the abdomen, and massages and tones the digestive organs. This improves digestion and aids in detoxification. Regular practice of this pose rejuvenates the nervous system, improves concentration and relieves stress.
When first attempting plow pose, it might not be possible to reach the floor with the toes. In that case, it is recommended to support the lower back with the hands. People with very tight shoulders can support them by placing a folded blanket underneath the upper back.
This pose should not be practiced by those with glaucoma or other eye problems, or serious back or neck injuries.