ANATOMY OF YOGA: PLANK POSE
Kumbhakasana, or Plank Pose, is probably something you’ve done back in your physical education classes in school. It’s a truly powerful pose that will keep you strong and sturdy – like a wooden plank! It will give you the strength to do more complex poses by building abdominal, arm, and wrist strength. If you regularly practice plank pose, you’ll see an improvement in your posture!
Start on all fours with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your wrist creases parallel to the front edge of your mat. Step one leg straight back, pressing the toes to the mat. Step the other leg back, heels back, grounding the toes. Reach you heels backwards and your legs engaged, as you lift your kneecaps off of the mat. Press your hands down evenly on the mat while keeping the arms straight, and press the top of your thighs upwards, lifting the kneecaps off of the mat.
Plank pose is all about alignment, so be sure to focus on keeping the spine in a straight line by engaging the core. Keep your ears in line with your shoulders, and protect your elbows by keeping your biceps engaged.
Plank pose will strengthen your back, core, arms, and shoulders, improve your posture, and it is a great transitional pose! Be sure to stay tuned for more Yoga Anatomy posts from the 30Fifteen blog.
*Please note these instructions are very basic guides. If you are new to yoga, please find a local studio near you and take a couple of classes before attempting to practice alone. We cannot be held responsible for an injury caused by following these instructions.