Plank Pose

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Sanskrit name:  Kumbhakasana
English translation: Plank Pose
 
Benefits: Skip the crunches and sit ups! Plank pose is known to be one of the most beneficial abdominal exercises for your body. Plank strengthens from head to toe focusing mainly on the abdomen, wrists, and spine.  Also, plank helps to create and build bone density. 
 
Directions:
 
Start in Downward facing dog. Inhale, shift your body forward so that the shoulders, elbows, and wrists create one straight line. 
 
Keep the fingers spread wide while you press your palms firmly into your mat and to help dome the upper back. 
 
The crown of the head, hips, and heels of the feet all create a strong straight line. Begin to press your heels back to help relieve tension from the wrists.
 
Hug your elbows into the midline of your body. Hold here for 3 to 5 breaths. 
 
Modifications: Drop the knees to your mat for support.
Variations: One legged plank or Eka (one) Padha (foot)

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