How to Achieve the Perfect Plank Pose
Plank pose plays a role in many yoga sequences is typically preceded by Downward Facing Dog and proceeded by a vinyasa flow sequence. It is mainly incorporated to allow those who practice to gain strength and balance through proper form and alignment.
- Strengthens arms and core muscles
- Enhances mobility of the wrists, hand, and feet
- Rejuvenates the whole body, relieves lethargy, and fatigue
- On the inhale, shift your weight forward so that your shoulders are in line with your wrists and keep a slight bend in the elbows.
- Simultaneously, come onto the balls of your feet, with your toes spread out and your heels reaching back.
- Soften between your shoulder blades and broaden your collarbones in order to lift your sternum.
- Trick: Lengthen your tailbone down toward your heels to help shift the balance in your lower body.
- Make sure to keep your core muscles engaged by holding your belly button to the spine.
- Lift the kneecaps and tighten the buttocks.
- The hands and toes support the entire weight of the body
Breaths: Aim to hold for 1 to 5 breaths
Avoid: If you have wrist issues such as carpal tunnel. Also avoid lifting your fingers off the floor and rounding your upper back.