My theme for this year’s #atozchallenge is – 26 Yogasana. So brace yourself for 26 days of stretching, backbends and inversions, as I take you along my upside down evenings, sincerely hoping that you will find these posts helpful 🙂
Chaturanga Dandasana – Low Plank
It might look all nice and calm but as soon as I transition into this pose there are numerous thoughts flying in my head – keep elbows perpendicular, body straight, core … engage core… breathe… don’t forget to breathe. If you have just started doing this, I can only say keep practicing. Don’t lose heart, because like all other poses, this too comes over a period of time, when your arms become stronger and is able to hold the weight.
My Chaturanga Dandasana is still in progress as I am trying to build more strength in my arms to go a bit lower without losing the alignment.
Lean only as much as you can. Don’t force yourself as you might end up collapsing your chest which can lead to improper alignment. Keeping a Yoga block beneath the chest is also a great way to keep your body straight. Here’s a great article I found – here
Another option is to practice this on your knees, similar to knee push ups.
I have noticed that you can do pushups more easily when your elbows are flared out. Being the Yoga girl that I am, I keep my elbows closer to the body, which makes the pushups a tad difficult. And this, is the biggest contention between my husband and I as we both argue on the correct way to do push ups. 😛
Disclaimer: I am not an Instructor or Yoga teacher, only a regular Hatha Yoga practitioner who is passionate about fitness. I am writing this series to detail my learning and experience during the practice. Please consult a Physician/Doctor before starting any exercise regime as some of the poses might contradict with your existing medical issues, for example injuries related to spinal cord, knee, ankle, wrists, neck, medical conditions like Migraine, Diabetics, Asthma etc.
Stay Strong and Humble! Namaste.