Plank Pose –or Kumbhakasana– is a foundational yoga posture. This grounding position strengthens the arms and wrists, while also helping to improve posture by activating the abdominals and engaging the spinal muscles.
Kumbhakasana comes from the Sanskrit words "kumbhak," which means "breath retention," and "asana," which means "pose." In a traditional sun salutation, Plank position is practiced while the breath is suspended just before lowering through chaturanga dandasana.
While Plank is an essential part of Sun Salutations, it can also be practiced on its own to build stamina, strength, and mental endurance.
It’s important to always listen to your body and work within your abilities...
Those of us with wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, or back issues should practice with the appropriate modifications for your body!
You might find yourself practicing plank posture in any of our more vibrant weekly asana classes:
Written by Heather Lynn Horvat
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