In order to prevent injury you must start to be more aware of your alignment as you perform this asana. In a moment we will go through the complete process for you, and always be sure to listen to your body as you go. Yoga is not a competitive discipline, so swallow your ego and modify if you need to!
Baron Baptise, author of Journey Into Power tells you just how important this is:
“A lot of students try to sneak their way past Low Push-Up and move directly from High Push-Up to the next pose, which is Upward Facing Dog, but I strongly encourage you not to do this. Find ways to work within the pose. Modify, dilute, research, but don’t run or avoid the work. Challenge yourself sensitively and your weakness will soon turn to strength.”
There are a great many benefits to be gained from learning to perform this yoga plank correctly.
First and foremost, take the time to build your strength! Practice holding the plank position, until you can do so comfortably for 10 seconds. As you practice keep in mind that your shoulders should be lined up over your wrists. Your head should stay in line with your spine and your hips should not dip! Activate your core and pull your belly button towards to spine.
If you find that your wrists become tired or painful then try shifting your weight towards your finger tips. Don’t push it too much, stop when you need to and gradually build up your stamina.
Okay, I think you have read enough! Let’s not delay any longer. Check out this great, straightforward video which explains how to chaturanga brillantly.
Okay – let’s go through the steps:
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