Beginner Yoga Challenge: Chaturanga
Performed by Marin Jayden
Benefits of the Chaturanga: This pose strengthens and tones the wrists, arms, abdomen and lower back muscles. It is a powerful strength builder. Do not attempt this pose if you have a shoulder, elbow or wrist injury or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Starting in plank pose, keep your elbows directly over your wrists and slowly lower your body to hover a few inches above the floor;
- Keeping your shoulders in line with your elbows, lift your chest slightly to create a 90-degree angle with your elbows;
- Utilize the abdominal and leg muscles to their fullest and keep your arms hugged close to your body.
Modifications: Try half Chaturanga, with your knees touching the floor, if you haven’t fully built up enough strength in your arms to support your body. For those who are stronger, place a folded towel or blanket under your body while you’re in plank pose. Hover over it as much as you can.