Body/Mind Perspective: Plank Pose

Posted on November 14, 2010 by

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Next Step in a basic traditional Sun Salutation sequence is Plank Pose:
1)  From Uttanasa (forward bend) bend the knees and bring the hands along side your feet with the fingertips facing forward.  Spread the hands wide and engage all four corners of the hands. 
2)  Jump or step back one leg at a time into Plank Pose.  Engage the core tightly and lift on the pelvic floor muscles.  Keep hands spread wide with middle finger pointed forward, all four corners engaged.  Spine is in neutral so that the bottom is not sagging downward or lifted up in the air. 


3)  Make sure the shoulder blades are in towards the spine and down in your back pockets.  Head stays in alignment with the spine.  Also spread your collarbones away from the sternum. 

              Benefits:
  • Strengthens the arms, wrists, and spine
  • Tones the abdomen